Accents of Europe

War in Ukraine: the Italian shoe undermined

Audio 7:30 p.m.

Italian shoe manufacturers are on the verge of bankruptcy.

(Illustrative image) Getty Images/Westend61 - Westend61

By: Alice Rouja Follow

2 mins

After three months of war in Ukraine, the sanctions imposed on the Russians by the EU continue to have repercussions on European economies.

Today, in Accents d'Europe, the Italian luxury market.


In the Marche region, by the Adriatic Sea, shoe manufacturers are on the verge of bankruptcy.

The reason ?

The eviction of their first customers, the Russians, who represent 80% of exports.

The Made in


pump is under threat and the thousands of craftsmen in the sector are calling to save this market.

Blandine Hugonnet.

Switzerland lagging behind in the hunt for oligarchs

The Association of Swiss Banks estimates that around 200 billion euros are sleeping in the country's banks.

Like its Western allies,


is supposed to seize these assets, but in fact, barely 1/10th has been taken.

On the other side of the Atlantic, people are irritated by this stagnant situation, so the American Congress has launched a commission of inquiry to find out what Switzerland is playing at.

Jeremy Lance.

Chronicle in a nutshell

Today, a figure!

The Turkish government has unveiled the country's inflation rate: it stands at 70%, unheard of for 20 years and the coming to power of the AKP, the party of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Consequences, prices explode and


continues to plunge.

Anne Andlauer.

In Marseille, swimming pools closed this summer



too, prices are rising, despite controlled inflation.

Gasoline, bread, sunflower oil, but also electricity.

In some municipalities in the south of France, the amount of the bills doubles or triples to reach a price that town halls cannot afford.

Yoram Melloul.

Nuclear waste in Sweden

Wherever it is raised, the question of the burial of nuclear waste electrifies the debates, as it can be the case in Bure in France.

But in


, the response is more peaceful.

150 km north of Stockholm, the small town of Östhammar has welcomed the validation of a storage facility that is supposed to house nuclear waste for at least 100,000 years.

Report by

Frédéric Faux.


Receive all the international news directly in your mailbox

I subscribe

Follow all the international news by downloading the RFI application


  • Ukraine

  • Swiss

  • Turkey

  • France

  • Sweden

  • Russia

  • Economy

  • Nuclear

  • Italy

  • Fashion

On the same subject


North of Donetsk, for eight years, the only front line “eye to eye”

international guest

Food crisis: "It's a kind of misalignment of planets"

international guest

Biden on Asia tour raises tone on Beijing: 'Offensive deterrence policy'