The Roman Catholic Church, trade unions and small business associations joined forces in a bid to save Sundays in Italy. Though the outgoing prime minister backed a law that allows shops to stay open on the Sabbath, Sunday traditions are strong in the European nation. The issue extends beyond Italy. In Brussels, dozens of religious groups, unions and business associations from 27 countries have formed the "European Sunday Alliance" to lobby the European Union to keep Sunday as a continent-wide day of rest, at least in principle.
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