Study: Italy should get own nuclear energy

CERNOBBIO | A study chaired by the chief economist of the International Energy Agency (IEA) is making a strong case for the introduction of nuclear energy in Italy.

The study, presented Sunday at a business and policy conference on Lake Como, says Italy can diminish its dependency on foreign nations and cut carbon emissions.

Carrying out the analysis were experts including ones from Italian energy company Enel and France’s EdF, which last year formed a joint venture to develop nuclear energy in Italy.

It also included neutral experts and was chaired by Fatih Birol, the chief economist of the Paris-based IEA.

Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said in April that he expected the construction of the first nuclear reactor in Italy to get going within three years.


ETA declares cease-fire in independence battle

MADRID | Basque separatist fighters ETA declared a cease-fire Sunday in their flagging 42-year campaign of bombing and shooting for a homeland independent of Spain.

ETA, blamed for the deaths of 829 people, said it decided several months ago that it “will not carry out armed offensive actions.” It vowed instead to seek a democratic resolution.

It did not say if the cease-fire was temporary or permanent.

ETA made the announcement in a video sent to the BBC and pro-independence Basque daily Gara, showing three people in berets and yellow hoods sitting at a table flanked by Basque flags and with an ETA symbol on the wall behind.

Listed as a terrorist group by the United States and European Union, ETA has not staged an attack on Spanish soil since August 2009, and the authorities in Spain and France have arrested much of its top leadership.


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