The great thirst
Water scarcity and the Emilia Romagna model

Aridity is squeezing Italy with an ever more painful grip. Between unfinished works, last-minute projects, and a water-network that is too old (with losses in some zones reaching almost fifty per cent), there is, however, a region where the scarcity of rain is being managed in an efficient and moder more
Bosnia and Herzegovina
The Bosnian Game
A risky way to Europe

A goal to reach, potentially deadly challenges to overcome and just a single resource - a mobile phone. It may sound like the plot for a horror film, but "the game" is now a harsh reality. For young Iranian victims of Sharia law, Kurdish families whose parents have been imprisoned for their politica more
Four-legged speedsters
A new life for the discarded racing dogs

There is a tradition in Ireland that has been attracting the curious and bettors for almost a century: greyhound races. Introduced around 1920, they are an evolution of coursing - historically practiced by the nobility - which became a working class sport in the late 19th century.

The bet more
An archaic and rural ritual that keeps generations together

The transumanza tells the story of the intimate relationship between human beings and the land to which they belong.
A seasonal migration of flocks, herds, and shepherds, it begins up in the mountains right before summer and then moves onto the plains as the first frosts are on their way.
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Till death
Weddings: Italians do it better

Getting married in Italy not only makes couples happy, but wedding agencies and wedding planners too. In 2018 so far, the Belpaese has produced a turnover of almost 441 million euros (on 260 billion overall), with 1 million 368 thousand presences and a good 8,085 events. A net increase of 60% with r more
Whether real or fake, relics of saints are powerful objects of worship

The sacred "grand tour" of Italy is the itinerary of Christian relics that extends from Rome throughout the entire peninsula. It touches Padua (St. Francis), passing through Genoa (St. John the Baptist), descending to Naples (St. Januarius) all the way down to Catania (St. Agatha). The relics are a more
Tempelhof playground
The take-off runaway of dreams

From the City of the Wall to the Lung of Europe. Thanks to the Tempelhof airport recovery project, Berlin is again relishing in large open spaces. After the acquisition of the 386 hectares that marked the history of German aviation and their conversion into a huge urban park in 2009, the city admini more
Of men and wolves
The story of a return

Men and wolves: instinct and reason, pack and society, nature and urbanisation; the thousand-year intertwining of two species, creating a unique history that is part science, but also part fears, irrationality and legends. Men and wolves have always coexisted in history, distrusting each other but s more
The new world of retirees
Where your money double up. If you are old

Known since Roman times as "Finis Terrae", meaning the last part of Europe before the great ocean, Portugal has actually become the land of new beginnings.
Ever since the government introduced the subsidised tax regime for those requesting "habitual resident" status (Nao habitual resident) in 20 more
The pink folk
Epic cycling in the heart of the Mediterranean

In Italy cycling goes hand in hand with the Giro d'Italia. That's a fact. Here sweat and suffering ("No talk and all battle", said the cyclist Felice Gimondi) are combined with folkloristic, widespread cheering: the Italians come down to the street all along the peninsula during the Giro, touching a more
Mazara - No More Fishing
The most Arab city in Italy opens the doors of his Casbah

The names Mazara del Vallo or Mahdia del Vallo come from the Tunisian city which most of the Tunisian families who have been living in Mazara for decades originally came from. Mazara: the fishing town which no longer has fishing boats and fish, and will soon also lose its fishermen. Mazara and the C more
Venice delivery
Door to door on water

Even delivering a package involves a unique and quite extraordinary amount of effort in Venice. It matters not a whit whether said package is going to a hotel, a bar or a restaurant. Organising funerals and simple maintenance work is equally fraught. Even in this modern era of ours, day-to-day chor more
A midwife
Giving birth at home

Ann Loos, 37, is a midwife who is passionate about her work. She is also one of the last midwives in Germany who is still helping women who want to give birth at home.
The country has about 20,000 midwives, and about 3,000 of them work freelance. Of the approximately 750,000 births this year, more
The Paper Forest
Chopping trees down in Sweden

When we think about deforestation our mind goes directly to the Amazon forest in South America. But there is another piece of untouched nature that is disappearing: the Swedish forest.
Under the new slogan "bioeconomy", many industry sectors want to use more trees as raw material: fuel for car more
Of men and fights

"Seeing those men leaving all behind to have a chance to reach their goals was so intense. That was when I fell in love with this sport".
These are the words used by almost all MMA fighters when they describe how their dream was born.
Twenty years ago they were pioneers testing themselves more
Daily life under the highest volcano in Europe

For ancient Greeks it was the realm of Vulcan, the God of fire. But the gigantic shape of Mongibello (from the Latin 'mons' and the Arab word 'giabal', meaning both mountain), always inspired more trust than fear: the spit-firing Etna - UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2013 - has always been conside more
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