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  1. May 15, 2014

    Second defeat for Italy’s government over corporate ethics clause

    Institutional shareholders in Finmeccanica have handed an embarrassing setback to Italy’s reformist prime minister Matteo...

  2. May 8, 2014

    Shanghai Electric to buy Ansaldo Energia stake

    Shanghai Electric has agreed to buy a 40 per cent stake in Ansaldo Energia, the Italian power equipment maker, in another...

  1. April 15, 2014

    Renzi overhaul signals Italian business shake-up

    The day after Matteo Renzi overhauled the top jobs at Italy’s biggest state-controlled companies, the country woke up with a...

  2. April 15, 2014

    Massacre of the Italian old guard

    Matteo Renzi came to power in Italy pledging an ambitious programme of economic reform to boost the country’s...

  3. April 14, 2014

    Matteo Renzi forces sweeping change at state companies

    Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi has forced a sweeping change of guard at Italy’s state-controlled companies including...

  4. April 10, 2014

    Shake-up at state-owned companies to test Renzi credentials

    Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi faces the first major test of whether he can extend his reform agenda into the country’s...

  5. March 24, 2014

    Finmeccanica: high expectations

    A sanguine reaction by Finmeccanica shares to Monday’s news of another round of arrests involving former employees suggests...

  6. March 24, 2014

    Italian police make arrests in Finmeccanica waste probe

    Police in Naples have arrested two former managers of Finmeccanica, Italy’s state-controlled defence and industrial group,...

  7. March 20, 2014

    Italian defence group Finmeccanica warns on Scottish vote

    The future of the Scottish arm of defence group Finmeccanica will depend on decisions to be made by the UK Ministry of...

  8. March 19, 2014

    Finmeccanica makes first annual profit in three years

    Finmeccanica has returned to profit after two years of losses, and its chief executive says Italian defence and aerospace...

  9. January 29, 2014

    UK and France set to work together on anti-ship missile

    After years of fraught negotiation, France and Britain are for the first time to become mutually dependent in the production...

  10. January 3, 2014

    Finmeccanica warns after €560m contract is cancelled

    Finmeccanica said the termination notice issued by India over a €560m helicopter contract did not “offer adequate basis for...

  11. FT Alphaville

    January 2, 2014

    The 6am London Cut

    Yup. The Cut’s back. Happy New Year everyone. Markets: Asian markets are suffering on the first day of 2014 trading on the...

  12. January 1, 2014

    India cancels €560m AgustaWestland helicopter order

    India has cancelled a €560m contract to buy high-end helicopters from AgustaWestland, a subsidiary of Finmeccanica, in move...

  13. December 19, 2013

    Gripen outmanoeuvres bigger rivals in Brazilian dogfight

    When Europe’s Typhoon lost the battle against Sweden’s smaller, cheaper Gripen to be Switzerland’s new fighter jet last...

  14. December 18, 2013

    AgustaWestland beats Eurocopter to £1bn Norwegian deal

    Norway has agreed to buy 16 AgustaWestland search and rescue helicopters for more than £1bn, in another blow to Eurocopter,...

  15. October 9, 2013

    Offset side deals spark calls for transparency

    For the past few years, BAE Systems, Europe’s biggest defence contractor, has reaped some of its biggest dividends from an...

  16. October 7, 2013

    Finmeccanica lifted by agreements on disposals

    Finmeccanica saw its shares rise for the fifth consecutive day of trading on Monday following an agreement by the lossmaking...

  17. October 7, 2013

    Finmeccanica: deal done

    The best osso buco, as any Milanese mother will tell you, cooks slowly. Shareholders in Finmeccanica, one of Italy’s biggest...

  18. FT Alphaville

    October 7, 2013

    The 6am London Cut

    Markets: Asian shares, oil prices and the dollar came under pressure on Monday as politicians in Washington showed no signs...

  19. October 3, 2013

    Finmeccanica boosted by expected sale of Ansaldo Energia

    Finmeccanica, Italy’s lossmaking defence and industrial conglomerate, is close to reaching an agreement to sell most of its...

  20. September 29, 2013

    Saab chief says low price tag makes Gripen jets stand out from rivals

    Defence company salesmen like to exalt their jet fighters’ supersonic speeds, superior radar-evading stealth and bulging...

  21. September 24, 2013

    Sales of Italian groups trigger backlash

    The prospect of foreign takeovers of debt-burdened Italian companies, including Telecom Italia, Alitalia and units of...

  22. September 23, 2013

    Companies diary: September 23 – September 29

    Diary commentary from FT reporters; data and company announcements, unless otherwise stated, from Thomson Reuters. Company...

  23. September 17, 2013

    Boeing swoops closer to capturing South Korea fighter contract

    Lockheed Martin is battling to remain in contention to sell its F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to South Korea, after the key US...

  24. September 10, 2013

    Hammond rejects Brussels defence procurement plan

    The UK has vowed it will resist ceding any power to Brussels as the European Commission seeks to centralise Europe’s defence...

  25. September 5, 2013

    Eurofighter export markets prove a tough testing ground

    Germany, the UK, Italy and Spain are the original partners in Eurofighter, with Austria joining in 2002 and Saudi Arabia in...

  26. July 4, 2013

    Finmeccania appoints ex-police chief as chairman

    Finmeccanica, Italy’s troubled defence and industrial conglomerate, has appointed Giovanni De Gennaro, a former police chief...

  27. June 23, 2013

    Defence groups fight for S Korea contract

    The world’s biggest defence companies are among three bidders vying to win a $7.3bn contract to supply South Korea with 60...

  28. June 19, 2013

    Charges alleging €560m Finmeccanica bribery go to trial

    The trial opened on Wednesday of the former chief executive of Finmeccanica, Italy’s state-controlled defence and industrial...

  29. June 17, 2013

    Saudi Arabia Eurofighter talks back on track

    Expectations are growing that BAE Systems will finally conclude price negotiations to supply 72 Eurofighter Typhoon fighter...

  30. June 7, 2013

    Dutch scrap high-speed train deal and ask Italians for money back

    The Dutch government and the national railway company have cancelled a €336m contract for high-speed, Amsterdam-Brussels...

  31. April 23, 2013

    Finmeccanica takes hit on US electronics arm

    Finmeccanica, Italy’s state-controlled defence and industrial conglomerate at the centre of judicial probes into suspected...

  32. March 26, 2013

    Bristow wins search and rescue contract

    Dorset’s loss is Somerset’s gain. When the government chose a winner on Tuesday in the contest to run the country’s search...

  33. March 21, 2013

    Italy’s stalemate unnerves investors

    Nearly four weeks after Italian elections resulted in a stalemate, politicians are still wrangling over the shape of a new...

  34. March 18, 2013

    US group to conduct UK search and rescue

    The UK government is set to award Bristow, a publicly listed US company, the £3.1bn contract to run the country’s helicopter...

  35. March 13, 2013

    India probes Finmeccanica helicopter deal

    Indian police are investigating 12 individuals and six companies for alleged corruption over a €560m contract won by...

  36. March 13, 2013

    Italian U-turn on marines angers India

    Manmohan Singh, India’s prime minister, has accused Italy of unacceptable behaviour for reneging on a promise to return for...

  37. February 26, 2013

    Italy: joke backfires

    A quarter of them may have voted for a comedian, but for Italians – and the eurozone – the result of the election is no...

  38. February 21, 2013

    Italy’s scandals echo the ‘tangentopoli’

    It seemed as if the ghost of Bettino Craxi was stalking Italy last week when Giuseppe Mussari, former chairman of Monte dei...

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