HOW ITALY CROSSED THE EURO JUDGES
IN 2009, Italy was told by the European Court to remove crucifixes from schools.
The court said the display of crucifixes could be disturbing to non-christian or atheist pupils.
The case centred on a complaint made by a Finnish woman, Soile Lautsi, who is married to an Italian.
She objected that her two children had to attend a public school in northern Italy which had crucifixes in every classroom.
Her case went to the European Court of Human Rights and, in 2009, it ruled in her favour.
The decision caused outrage in Italy, where the crucifix is seen as a symbol of national identity.
The Italian government simply ignored the ruling and appealed.
Knowing the huge outrage in Italy caused by the ban and faced with the fact that the Italian government would simply refuse to remove the religious symbols, the court backed down and overturned its previous ruling.