Austria’s new government stokes secessionist row in northern Italy


Austria’s new government found itself embroiled in a diplomatic row with Italy on its first day in office on Monday after offering to grant passports to German-speaking inhabitants in Italy’s South Tyrol region.

The offer of dual citizenship threatened to open old wounds between the neighbours – South Tyrol was ceded to Italy after the First World War but its distinct language, culture and history means that Rome has struggled over the decades to integrate it fully with the rest of the country.

Many people speak German as their first language, the local cuisine consists of strudel, sauerkraut and schnitzel rather than pasta and pizza, and many locals feel they have little in common with the rest of Italy…

Read more : The Telegraph, 18.12.2017