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23rd Oct 2017

Ticker

Centre-left lead slows ahead of Italian elections

Support for Mario Monti’s Italian center alliance has grown to 17.7%, Repubblica reported on Wednesday. Berlusconi’s rightwing alliance is backed by 26.6% ahead of 24-25 February elections, while centre-left leader Bersani still leads with 36.4%, but down 2% in the past week. Comedian Grillo's movement trails 12.9% in the Demos-poll.

Catalan MPs weigh up independence declaration

A crucial week is ahead in Catalonia as its leaders decide whether to declare independence - an illegal move according to the Spanish government – or yield to pressure from Madrid.

Italian regions demand autonomy from Rome

The Lombardy and Veneto regions in northern Italy are seeking greater self-determination from the central government following referendum results on Sunday.

Investigation

The mysterious German behind Orban's Russian deals

Klaus Mangold, a German businessman with good connections in Russia, and who provided a jet for Commission vice-president Guenther Oettinger, played a crucial role in Hungary's controversial Paks nuclear deal with Russia, Direkt36's investigation has found.

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