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Italy’s ‘Ape Jibe’ Politician Hails Citizenship Bill

She suffered virulent racist attacks during her brief tenure as Italy’s integration minister, but two years on from that tumultuous summer, Cécile Kyenge is feeling jubilant. It was a groundbreaking moment when Kyenge was appointed Italy’s first black minister by former premier Enrico Letta’s government in April 2013 – a message to the world that […]

Italy’s deputy Senate president describing a black minister as an “orangutan” does not amount to racism, senators have decided.   Roberto Calderoli sparked outrage in July 2013 with his comments about Cecile Kyenge, then Italy’s integration minister: He said: “When I see Kyenge I can’t help but think of an orangutan.” A member of the […]

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Italy’s Interior Minister, Angelino Alfano, has denied that the expression he used to describe African beach pedlars was racist, dismissing the backlash as a “storm in a hypocritical teacup”. On Tuesday Italy’s Interior Minister and former Deputy Prime Minister Angelino Alfano was accused of using racist language when he referred to illegal street pedlars as […]

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Next year Italy will roll out a new citizenship law, affecting tens of thousands of babies born each year, Integration Minister Cecile Kyenge has said. Speaking on Radio 1 on Monday, Kyenge said that rewriting Italy’s citizenship law was a key aim for 2014. “My main objective for next year is to bring to light […]

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Italy’s first black minister Cecile Kyenge, who has been deluged with racist slurs since her appointment in April, urged Europe’s leaders on Wednesday not to spread populism or use it to win votes. “There has a been a rise in episodes of racism in many countries, probably linked to the economic crisis but also to a […]

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