High-speed tunnel project divides Italy’s ruling populists

SAINT-MARTIN-LA-PORTE, France (AP) — A project to build a high-speed rail tunnel through the Alps, meant to speed up journeys between France and Italy, is moving extraordinarily slowly because of an internal quarrel in Italy’s government.

On the French side, a 140-meter (460-foot) long rock-eating machine tunnels through the mountainside toward Italy at an average rate of nearly 20 meters (66 feet) a day. But on the Italian side, all is quiet: the construction site, long targeted by...

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