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  1. April 18, 2014

    Obituary: Inquisitor who paved the path to a new Italy

    In the new age of Matteo Renzi, Italy’s youngest and least ideological prime minister, when headlines are dominated by tax...

  2. February 21, 2013

    Naples’ maverick mayor leans to the left

    The desk of Luigi De Magistris, the maverick mayor of Naples, is a telling summary of his varied career. In one crowded...

  1. December 14, 2010

    Berlusconi hangs on to power as riots hit Rome

    Silvio Berlusconi, Italian prime minister, during the parliamentary no-confidence debate Silvio Berlusconi’s coalition held...

  2. December 14, 2010

    Berlusconi’s fate on a knife edge

    Italy’s two houses of parliament reassembled on Tuesday morning for final speeches before voting on the future of Silvio...

  3. December 7, 2010

    Berlusconi in struggle to survive vote

    Italy’s politicians have started scrambling for votes ahead of a parliamentary session next week that could bring an early...

  4. December 15, 2009

    Italy divided after attack on PM

    Silvio Berlusconi, known as a master of surprise, was literally stunned when a man with a history of mental problems hurled...

  5. December 14, 2009

    Berlusconi assault fuels political tensions

    Silvio Berlusconi, known as a master of surprise, was literally stunned when a man with a history of mental problems hurled...

  6. May 20, 2009

    Italian opposition calls on Berlusconi to quit

    Italian opposition leaders on Wednesday called on Silvio Berlusconi to resign as prime minister after a court accused him of...

  7. November 29, 2007

    Atlantia toll road business model in doubt

    Atlantia, the largest Italian operator of toll roads, has once again had its whole business model thrown into doubt after a...

  8. October 5, 2007

    Atlantia close to resolving Italy dispute

    Italy's government and Atlantia, the country's largest operator of motorways, are close to resolving a bitter dispute over...

  9. October 5, 2007

    Atlantia close to resolving row with Rome

    Italy's government and Atlantia, the country's largest operator of motorways, are close to resolving a bitter dispute over...

  10. October 4, 2007

    Atlantia close to resolving Italy dispute

    Italy’s government and Atlantia, the country’s largest operator of motorways, are close to resolving a bitter dispute over...

  11. July 18, 2007

    Alitalia auction hopes hit by political crosswinds

    The Alitalia auction fiasco underlines the deep conflicts in Italy’s centre-left coalition led by Romano Prodi. It also...

  12. May 18, 2007

    Prodi sees uphill challenge one year on as PM

    Disunity among government ministers, the threat of trade union unrest and a disappointing opinion poll cast a shadow...

  13. April 4, 2007

    Observer: Whose asset?

    It is awfully difficult to lose bad habits; Italian politicians find it harder than most. The reaction of some sections of...

  14. December 14, 2006

    Abertis/Autostrade

    "Those are the usual lies. Italy will not lose a euro in investment," declared Antonio Di Pietro, the country's outspoken...

  15. December 13, 2006

    Rome’s killer blow exposes meddling fears

    Romano Prodi’s Italian government is again at the centre of a business controversy following the scrapping by Abertis and...

  16. FT Alphaville

    December 13, 2006

    Autostrade/Abertis is off - but at what cost?

    “Those are the usual lies. Italy will not lose a euro in investment,” declared Antonio Di Pietro, the outspoken...

  17. December 13, 2006

    Autostrade/Abertis

    “Those are the usual lies. Italy will not lose a euro in investment,” declared Antonio Di Pietro, the country’s outspoken...

  18. December 12, 2006

    Abertis upbeat in spite of tensions over Autostrade

    Abertis, the Spanish infrastructure management group, yesterday was putting a brave face on the prospects for its proposed...

  19. December 4, 2006

    Investors meet amid fears for Abertis merger

    Autostrade's largest shareholders this week go into a round of meetings increasingly pessimistic that the company's €25bn...

  20. November 9, 2006

    Rome tests the patience of Abertis

    Spain's Abertis and Autostrade of Italy are awaiting further developments in their €25bn ($32bn) proposed infrastructure...

  21. November 9, 2006

    Rometests the patience of Abertis

    Spain's Abertis and Autostrade of Italy are awaiting further developments in their €25bn ($32bn) proposed infrastructure...

  22. November 7, 2006

    Italy faces censure on Autostrade-Abertis

    The EU’s internal market chief wants legal action against Italy’s government for opposing a planned €14bn ($17.9bn) merger...

  23. October 18, 2006

    Brussels to rap Italy on merger

    Brussels is expected to censure the Italian government on Wednesday for obstructing the takeover of Autostrade, Italy's...

  24. October 5, 2006

    Prodi's coalition in crisis after tiny party revolts

    A revolt in the government of Romano Prodi, Italy's prime minister, yesterday plunged his centre-left coalition into its...

  25. September 20, 2006

    Telecom Italia feels heat from wire-tap probe

    Telecom Italia was on Wednesday thrust uncomfortably into the spotlight again when police arrested 20 people in several...

  26. September 14, 2006

    Prodi issues details of key TI meeting

    Italy's government yesterday took the extraordinary step of releasing a detailed account of the prime minister's meetings...

  27. August 12, 2006

    Italy must clear merger logjam

    Italians tend to go on holiday about now, with most choosing to escape the city by car. That is why authorities each year...

  28. August 11, 2006

    On Europe: The crooked road to Italian mergers

    Italians all tend to go on holiday about now, with most choosing to escape the city by car. That is why authorities each...

  29. August 9, 2006

    Anas justifies its blocking of Autostrade deal

    Anas, the government agency that regulates Italy's roads, yesterday provided the European Commission with a justification...

  30. August 7, 2006

    Brussels probes Italy on Abertis

    Italy and the European Commission were on Monday heading for a fresh confrontation over protectionism, after Brussels took...

  31. August 7, 2006

    Italy halts Autostrade merger

    The Italian government has blocked the proposed €25bn ($32.2bn) merger between Autostrade, the company that operates most...

  32. August 5, 2006

    Italy blocks motorways merger

    Shares in Autostrade, the company that operates most of Italy’s motorways, fell sharply in early trading on Monday after the...

  33. August 5, 2006

    Italy blocks €25bn motorway merger

    The Italian government last night blocked the proposed €25bn (£17bn) merger between Autostrade, the company that operates...

  34. July 29, 2006

    Abertis merger approval not clear

    Autostrade, the company that manages many of Italy's motorways, has yet to request authorisation from the Infrastructure...

  35. July 27, 2006

    Prodi survives test of leadership

    Romano Prodi, Italy’s centre-left premier, survived a test of his leadership on Thursday when he mustered a two-thirds...

  36. July 25, 2006

    Proposed pardon of Italian criminals raises eyebrows

    A dispute over a proposed amnesty for white-collar Italian criminals, including a close friend of Silvio Berlusconi, the...

  37. July 13, 2006

    Autostrade to revise Abertis merger plea

    Autostrade was on Thursday working on a revised plea to Italy’s government to allow its merger with Abertis of Spain to go...

  38. June 29, 2006

    Autostrade and Abertis push on with merger

    Italy's Autostrade and Abertis of Spain have pulledback from calling off their €25bn ($31.3bn) infrastructure merger and...

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