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EU ElectionsItaly PM chooses women MEP candidates to combat 'grey' list

11.04.14 @ 17:24

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has selected five women to front the campaign of his Democratic Party (PD) for May's European Parliament elections, with an 11th-hour reshuffling of candidates' lists that caused a ...

EU ElectionsItaly's Grillo wants disloyal MEPs to pay hefty fine

07.04.14 @ 09:27

Adopting a novel way to enforce discipline, Italy's Five Star Movement, expected to capture the largest share of mounting Eurosceptic sentiment in Italy, has asked candidates for next month's European Parliament ...

Italian mob has €200bn annual budget

25.03.14 @ 19:08

The annual budget of organised crime in Italy is bigger than that of the EU, with most of the money spent outside Italy, the country's foreign ministry says. “Organised crime has an annual budget of more than €200 ...

EU ElectionsFar-left set for big gains in European Parliament elections

24.03.14 @ 11:44

Europe's far-left is set to almost double its deputies in the upcoming European Parliament elections in May. Poll predictions indicate that the European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) group is set to become the ...

Venice votes for independence in unofficial poll

23.03.14 @ 12:23

A self-organised “referendum” over the independence of one of Italy’s wealthiest regions has resulted in an overwhelming victory for the separatist camp, but authorities in Rome have largely ignored the result, amid ...

EU ElectionsBerlusconi wants to run in EP elections

15.03.14 @ 13:47

Italy’s former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi - a convicted tax cheat – wants to be the lead candidate for his Forza Italia party in May’s European Parliament elections, despite being legally banned from doing so. “If ...

New EU citizens' appeal targets press freedom

11.03.14 @ 21:41

Verdi, a German trade union which triggered the only successful European Citizens' Initiative so far, is throwing its weight behind a new project on press freedom. With 2 million members, it could easily get the 1 ...

EU ElectionsLiberals unveil new Monti-backed Italian coalition

10.03.14 @ 09:29

The EU's Liberals have unveiled a new Mario Monti-backed Italian centrist coalition, as the party attempts to fight back against dismal poll ratings that threaten to make it one of the biggest losers in May's European ...

Italy and France on EU's economic 'watch list'

06.03.14 @ 11:15

Italy and France were the major euro area countries put on the European Commission's economic "watch-list" over fears about persistently high debt and deficit levels. The two countries were among 14 nations deemed to ...

EU ElectionsThree men to shape Italy's EU election campaign

24.02.14 @ 09:17

European elections in Italy are expected to be a three-way race between the parties of a young, ambitious Prime Minister who has just staged a palace coup; a populist comedian who wants to wipe out the entire ruling ...

Younger rival ousts Italian PM

14.02.14 @ 09:28

The 39-year-old mayor of Florence, Matteo Renzi, has ousted Italy’s centre-left Prime Minister, Enrico Letta, after an internal party vote. "Following the decisions taken today in the national committee of the ...

Off the road

12.02.14 @ 10:14

Welcome to Camorra country, the mafia-infested Wild West of Italy – but as in the best spaghetti westerns, the real tough guys aren’t mafiosos but nuns. Sister Rita is a case in point: after almost two decades of ...

'For me, Europe was golden'

10.02.14 @ 09:26

They offer us a moment of pampering; a manicure, pedicure, or perhaps a well-needed massage. They make sure Friday nights are free from cooking thanks to a myriad of cheap Asian take-aways. They even provide sexual ...

Italian President clashes with Lega Nord in EU assembly

05.02.14 @ 09:24

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano has denounced eurosceptic “propaganda” in the run-up to elections, while urging EU leaders to tackle a genuine “crisis in popular support.” The 88-year-old politician faced noisy ...

EU-funded project in Italy suspected of mafia links

22.01.14 @ 09:26

Three NGOs on Wednesday (22 January) filed an official complaint with the EU anti-fraud office, Olaf, demanding an investigation into an EU-sponsored motorway in Italy, where construction firms are suspected of fraud ...

OpinionPeace through gas in Israel and Palestine

14.01.14 @ 17:38

Last month’s special report by the European Court of Auditors on EU financial support to the Palestinian Authority has been described by some commentators as a political minefield. The audit was, in fact, largely ...

Italy asylum conditions spark EU threat of legal action

19.12.13 @ 09:28

Poor detention conditions for asylum seekers in Italy sparked threats of legal action by the European Commission on Wednesday (18 December). A covert video circulated earlier in the week shows Italian authorities hosing ...

Italy and Spain close to breaking euro rules

15.11.13 @ 16:03

Single currency states felt the long arm of the European Commission stretch into national affairs on Friday, as the Brussels executive published in-depth reviews of their draft 2014 budgets. Just two euro states - ...

Germany shows little sympathy for Italy on migration

25.10.13 @ 18:52

Germany voiced little sympathy for southern EU countries' migrant problems at the summit on Friday (25 October), despite more drama in the Mediterranean. The Chancellor, Angela Merkel, said there is no question of ...

EU after Lampedusa tragedy: More border surveillance

04.10.13 @ 09:28

Up to 300 migrants are feared dead after a boat caught fire near Lampedusa and the Italian coast guard failed to spot it in time. Italy is holding a day of mourning on Friday (4 October) after more than a hundred bodies ...

Italian government survives after Berlusconi u-turn

02.10.13 @ 18:03

Italian PM Enrico Letta's coalition government on Wednesday (2 October) survived a confidence vote after former leader Silvio Berlusconi backed down from plans to withdraw his party's support. The vote of confidence ...

Markets nervous as Italian government nears collapse

30.09.13 @ 09:59

Risk of snap elections in Italy is causing jitters on financial markets, but some say investors have grown accustomed to the chaos. The value of Italian debt hit a two-week low, while the value of 'safe haven' German ...

EU condemns racist attacks on Italian minister

24.09.13 @ 09:25

Ministers from 17 EU member states on Monday (23 September) gathered in Rome to condemn the racism directed towards Italy’s integration minister Cecile Kyenge. The ministers called for a new pact to stamp out racism ...

Mediterranean region is 2014 priority, Greece and Italy say

18.09.13 @ 09:30

Greece and Italy will make the Mediterranean region and alternatives to austerity the main priorities of their EU presidencies in 2014, the two countries' foreign ministers have said. Next year will be "the year of the ...

OpinionBerlusconi spells more trouble ahead for Italy

09.09.13 @ 19:09

In the month following a Supreme Court decision to uphold a guilty verdict for tax evasion against former prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, political instability in Italy has risen towards boiling point. While a lower ...

OpinionThe erosion of southern Europe

28.08.13 @ 09:22

The second quarter GDP figures for the Euro-area economies indicated growth, for the first time in 18 months. Some fund managers and market observers argue that positive new developments could unleash a long-term rally ...

Italian court upholds Berlusconi jail sentence

02.08.13 @ 09:06

An Italian court Thursday (1 August) upheld former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's prison sentence marking the first definitive conviction for the 76-year old politician in over 20 trials spanning almost two decades. ...

Italian leader criticises Greek bailout terms

30.07.13 @ 09:27

Greece's international lenders approved the latest tranche of its bailout money Monday (29 July) amid criticism that the reform programme Athens is expected to do in return has "worsened the crisis." Greece is to get €5 ...

Berlusconi stirs trouble in Italy, again

11.07.13 @ 09:30

Silvio Berlusconi's party is boycotting the ruling coalition over his legal problems at a time when Italy is struggling to restore market confidence. The Italian parliament suspended its activities on Wednesday (10 July ...

Portugal and Greece highlight eurozone fragility

04.07.13 @ 09:18

Political turmoil in Portugal and concerns about the pace of reform in Greece have raised fears that the eurozone crisis may be about to reignite. Nervous markets pushed up borrowing costs in Portugal to a painful 8 ...

Investment bank revives fear of Italy bailout

25.06.13 @ 09:58

An internal note by Italy's second-largest lender, Mediobanca, says the country is heading for an EU bailout. “Time is running out fast. The Italian macro situation has not improved over the last quarter, rather the ...

Italy to leave EU 'crisis list' after cutting deficit

27.05.13 @ 22:28

Italy is set to move off the EU 'crisis list' this week, as the European Commission acknowledges its efforts to reduce its budget deficit. EU sources indicated on Monday (27 May) that Italy will be among several ...

Italy and Germany share 'federalist vocation'

01.05.13 @ 09:27

Italy's new Prime Minister Enrico Letta went to Berlin for political talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday (30 April) just hours after being confirmed by the Italian Senate. Speaking ahead of the meeting, the ...

Italy forms coalition government amid economic tension

29.04.13 @ 09:27

Italian leader Enrico Letta's team of ministers is set to be approved by parliament on Monday (29 April), amid warnings that Rome may have to seek financial aid from the European Central Bank (ECB) The 46-year old Prime ...

Italy hopes young, new PM will break deadlock

25.04.13 @ 09:24

Italy nominated Enrico Letta as its new Prime Minister on Wednesday (24 April) in a move it hopes will end a two-month parliamentary deadlock. "The country is waiting for a government. Everyone knows this is situation ...

Italian MPs re-elect Napolitano

22.04.13 @ 09:09

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano on Saturday (20 April) was re-elected by the parliament for another seven-year term, paving the way for a government coalition deal. The 87-year old politician, a respected mediator, ...

Merkel shows softer side on Italian holiday

03.04.13 @ 09:16

German Chancellor Angela Merkel - for many the incarnation of EU austerity and German rigour - has shown her softer side by visiting a waiter who lost his job. She paid the surprise visit to the home of Cristoforo ...

OpinionWhy is Italy in political stalemate?

03.04.13 @ 09:10

International observers are looking at the Italian political situation with the same sense of wonder one might have when looking at a Picasso. On the face of it, it does not make sense: how could political parties ...

AnalysisBeppe Grillo - an Italian or European phenomenon?

08.03.13 @ 17:16

Beppe Grillo's extraordinary success in the recent Italian elections tapped into anti-establishment feeling that is ripe for the plucking in other member states too, say analysts. Grillo's 5-Star Movement, established ...

OpinionWhy Europe should not worry about Italy

04.03.13 @ 10:07

Contrary to what many think, the sick man of Europe is Europe itself, not Italy. While seemingly a threat to EU stability and at the heart of possible contagion, Italy is historically used to navigating through ...

AgendaItalian mess dominates this WEEK

01.03.13 @ 17:52

Politicians and investors in the EU will this week continue to focus on Italy, where recent inconclusive elections are making it difficult to form a government and raise concerns that the euro-crisis may pick up again. ...

Italian President demands respect in Germany

28.02.13 @ 09:27

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano has, while on a trip to Germany, demanded respect for Italy and cancelled a meeting with the German opposition leader after he mocked Italian election results. The gaffe-prone Peer ...

Nervous Brussels urges Italy to stick to austerity

26.02.13 @ 16:08

The European Commission has urged any future government in Italy to keep on implementing deficit-cutting measures, despite the fact that over half the electorate voted for anti-austerity parties. "Last Friday the ...

Italy in turmoil after election delivers hung parliament

26.02.13 @ 07:03

Italy was plunged into turmoil on Monday (25 February) after parliamentary elections delivered a hung parliament with firebrand comedian, Beppe Grillo, holding the balance of power. The political paralysis, which seems ...

Italian elections re-open risk of EU crisis

22.02.13 @ 09:55

Italian voters are heading to the polls on Sunday and Monday (24-25 February) in a closely-watched race that could bring the country back to the brink of a bailout. Outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti, a respected ...

InterviewProdi: mafia and bureaucracy are Italy's worst problems

21.02.13 @ 20:02

This weekend (24 and 25 February) Italians will have their first general elections in almost five years. The last time they went to the polls to choose politicians for the upper and lower houses of parliament was when ...

Berlusconi will drive Italy into bailout, bank says

19.02.13 @ 09:28

Silvio Berlusconi's possible comeback after elections this week-end would drive up Italy's borrowing costs and offer the "perfect excuse" to apply for a bailout, according to a report by Mediobanca, Italy's largest ...

AgendaBudget talks and Italian elections frame this WEEK in the EU

15.02.13 @ 18:26

MEPs will have their first official chance to vent their anger at the proposed long term EU budget on Monday (18 February) when they discuss the issue with the presidents of the European Commission and the European ...

Rehn under fire over Berlusconi remarks

30.01.13 @ 09:55

EU economic affairs commissioner Olli Rehn is at the centre of a political row after blaming Italy's former prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, for the country's financial crisis. In an unusually blunt statement in the ...

Monti and Draghi under fire in Italian bank scandal

25.01.13 @ 11:23

A bank scandal has flared up in Italy one month ahead of elections, with questions raised about European Central Bamk (ECB) chief Mario Draghi's role in overlooking the case and PM Mario Monti using taxpayer money to ...