Italy’s capital city Rome could get its first female mayor today. Our correspondent in Rome is James Reynolds.
Rome is the eternal city. Its problems seem to last forever, as well. Italy’s capital is full of litter, graffiti and potholes. Its buses and trains are old and slow. In recent years, an organized crime network took control of some of the city’s public contracts. And in October last year, Rome’s most recent mayor was forced to resign in an expenses scandal. It’s somewhat inevitable then that the two politicians who’ve made it to the election run-off promise this city a new start. The favorite, maybe 37-year old lawyer Virginia Raggi, she is from the populist “Five Star Movement”. If elected, she’d become this city’s first female mayor. She runs against１ 55-year old Roberto Giachetti. He is backed by the Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. The winner will inherit a city in need of a gigantic cleanup. That was James Reynolds in Rome.
The French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron has warned that leaving the European Union would reduce Britain to２ being a trading post on the borders of Europe. Mr. Macron said Britain would be like a small country on the world stage. The referendum in Britain takes place on Thursday. And there’s been plenty of speculation about what could happen if Britain decides to leave the EU.
Perhaps surprisingly, the Islamic Republic of Iran is home to one of the world’s most prestigious collections of western modern art. Now finally they are on the move. And some art will be shown at an exhibition in Berlin this year.
We have wonderful really extraordinary works of that period. And there are also other wonderful impressionist works. Really the selectivity of the curators in purchasing these artworks was quite exceptional.
How did they survive the revolution?
Well, there was initially somebody in charge who was very devoted to keeping the collection intact３. And I think we were very lucky in that the museum directors, one after the other, were all conscious of the quality of the collection and therefore, they were quite keen that nothing should be sort of sold off４.
And all of the works in the museum have stayed there. Now that some of these works are gonna be shown abroad in Germany later this year, people will obviously get an idea of５ just how wonderful this is. Do you see then now that sanctions have been lift and there are much more of this sort of cultural exchanges, does Iran now seem open?
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1.In recent years, an organized crime network took control of some of the city’s public contracts.
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2.It’s somewhat inevitable then that the two politicians who’ve made it to the election run-off promise this city a new start.
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罗马是永恒之城，而它的问题也似乎是永恒的 。意大利首都充满了垃圾、涂鸦和凹坑；巴士和火车又旧又慢 。近年来，集团犯罪网络控制了该城市的一些公共契约 。去年十月份，罗马最新的市长在支出丑闻中被迫辞职 。那么坚持到决胜选举的两名政客多少难免要承诺给这个城市一个新开始 。最受民众喜爱的或许就是37岁的律师拉吉（Virginia Raggi），她来自民粹主义的“五星运动” 。如果当选，她将成为该城市的首位女市长 。她的竞选对手是５５岁的贾凯蒂（Roberto Giachetti），他有总理伦齐（Matteo Renzi）的支持 。获胜者将继承一座需要大扫除的城市 。詹姆斯•雷诺兹罗马报道 。
法国经济部长马克隆（Emmanuel Macron）警告说，离开欧盟会将英国减弱为欧洲边境上的一个交易站 。马克隆称英国会像世界舞台上的一个小国 。英国公投于周四举行，关于英国决定离开欧盟后会发生什么，外界一直存在诸多猜测 。
伊朗伊斯兰共和国有着世界上最有名望的西方现代艺术收藏品，这或许有些出人意料 。如今，这些收藏品终于动身了 。有些艺术品会于今年在柏林的一次展会上展出 。
我们有那个时期最特别的作品，还有绝妙的印象派作品 。确实，馆长们在购买这些艺术品时的选择性上是十分卓越的 。
最初的那个负责人非常投入地维持收藏品的原貌 。我认为我们非常幸运，因为博物馆每任馆长都知悉收藏品的品质，因此他们特别热心地保证不廉价处理任何东西 。
博物馆中的所有作品都保存了下来 。由于今年一部分作品会在德国被展出，大家肯定就能了解这些作品究竟有多棒 。那既然制裁已经被取消了，有越来越多类似的文化交流，现在伊朗看起来开放了吗？