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    1. February 7, 2012

      Berlusconi faces another court case

      Silvio Berlusconi is poised to stand trial in a fourth case in Milan, this time related to scandal-tainted bank and...

    2. Money Supply

      October 21, 2011

      Visco is no ugly compromise

      Ignazio Visco. Image by Bank of Italy. Few predicted Ignazio Visco, the Bank of Italy’s third-in-command, would succeed...

    1. September 22, 2011

      Mario Draghi: Set to inherit an ECB in crisis

      The challenges facing Mario Draghi, when he takes over as European Central Bank president on November 1, could hardly be...

    2. April 29, 2011

      Man in the News: Mario Draghi

      It works well for food and fashion, but when it comes to exporting a central banker, the “Made in Italy” brand can suddenly...

    3. February 17, 2011

      Battle lines drawn between Della Valle and Geronzi

      On a sunny Saturday last April, Trieste hosted the 178th annual general meeting of Assicurazioni Generali. It was an...

    4. December 9, 2010

      Clash at the heart of ECB succession

      It is rarely a pretty sight when the European Union appoints its senior policymakers. The selection in 1998 of Wim...

    5. June 7, 2010

      Conflicts of interest hold back Italy reforms

      Temperatures are rising in Italy and not just because summer has arrived. In Italian politics the atmosphere is tense. All...

    6. October 23, 2008

      Former Bank of Italy chief goes on trial

      The trial began in Milan on Thursday of Antonio Fazio, the former governor of the Bank of Italy whose role in the bitter...

    7. May 23, 2008

      Former Bank of Italy governor to stand trial

      The former governor of the Bank of Italy was Friday ordered to stand trial in October over alleged wrongdoing in the...

    8. October 23, 2007

      Decision with freedom of Europe at its heart

      Article 56 of the Treaty on the Economic Community is quite peremptory: “All restrictions on the movement of capital between...

    9. June 8, 2007

      Italy fends off assault by foreign invaders

      UniCredit's pending acquisition of Capitalia, its smaller domestic rival, underlines that foreign banks' efforts to build a...

    10. June 1, 2007

      Background

      Mario Draghi, 59, was appointed Bank of Italy governor in December 2005 with a mission to clean up Italy's image after...

    11. May 31, 2007

      Out with the new and in with the old in Rome

      Italy's corporate and financial establishment gathers in Rome today to pay tribute to the country's central bank governor...

    12. May 30, 2007

      Out with the new and in with the old in Rome

      Italy’s corporate and financial establishment gathers in Rome Thursday to pay tribute to the country’s central bank governor...

    13. May 22, 2007

      'Bocconi boys' call the shots in reshaping Italy's banks

      Networks, everyone knows, are what matters when doing business in Italy. This week's friction-free takeover of Capitalia by...

    14. FT Alphaville

      May 21, 2007

      New Italian deal follows UniCredit’s Capitalia buy

      UniCredit on Sunday sealed its €22bn acquisition of Capitalia, an all-Italian deal which creates Europe’s second largest...

    15. May 21, 2007

      UniCredit creates banking giant with Capitalia deal

      UniCredit yesterday sealed its €22bn (£15bn) acquisition of Capitalia, an all-Italian deal concluded at great speed...

    16. May 20, 2007

      Extraordinary feud ends with Arpe quitting

      The deal ends an extraordinary feud in an extraordinary way. Cesare Geronzi, Capitalia chairman, and Matteo Arpe, the chief...

    17. May 20, 2007

      UniCredit buys Capitalia for €22bn

      UniCredit on Sunday sealed its €22bn acquisition of Capitalia, an all-Italian deal which was concluded at great speed and...

    18. April 20, 2007

      Banking on neutrality

      Nout Wellink knows better than anyone the risks for European central bankers who intervene in cross-border banking mergers....

    19. April 20, 2007

      THE DEALS THEY DIDN'T LIKE

      *ABN Amro of the Netherlands' efforts to buy Italy's Banca Antonveneta faced fierce opposition from the Italian business...

    20. April 18, 2007

      Wellink feels heat of ABN spotlight

      Nout Wellink has courted more controversy in the last 10 weeks than in his previous (almost) 10 years as president of the...

    21. April 9, 2007

      Head of Dutch central bank fights back

      Nout Wellink, president of the Dutch central bank, has come out fighting in response to charges of protectionism six weeks...

    22. Brussels Blog

      March 14, 2007

      Laws of unintended consequences

      Few would claim that lawmaking is a simple business. And it certainly does not get any easier when a piece of legislation...

    23. February 28, 2007

      Can Groenink survive in ABN Amro's fortress?

      The Netherlands, with its poison pills, special structures and unassailable foundations, is probably second only to Italy...

    24. February 27, 2007

      Can Groenink survive in ABN Amro’s fortress?

      The Netherlands, with its poison pills, special structures and unassailable foundations, is probably second only to Italy...

    25. February 26, 2007

      Regulator attacks hedge fund drive to split up ABN

      The Dutch banking regulator has intervened in the battle for control of ABN Amro, warning that a hedge fund's campaign to...

    26. February 25, 2007

      Dutch regulator intervenes over ABN Amro

      The Dutch banking regulator has intervened in the battle for control of ABN Amro, warning that a hedge fund’s campaign to...

    27. February 16, 2007

      Italian banks in talks on merger

      Two more of Italy's mutual banks yesterday admitted they were considering merging as the sector consolidation spurred by a...

    28. January 15, 2007

      ABN Amro faces dilemma over Geronzi

      ABN Amro faces a dilemma tomorrow when it must decide whether to lend its support again to the chairman of Capitalia, the...

    29. November 22, 2006

      Towards a Tuscan renaissance

      Siena is the sort of place you would expect to find the world's oldest bank. The beautifully preserved medieval Tuscan city...

    30. November 21, 2006

      Towards a Tuscan renaissance

      Siena is the sort of place you would expect to find the world’s oldest bank. The beautifully preserved medieval Tuscan city...

    31. November 14, 2006

      Capitalia calls for strategy talks

      Management at Capitalia will urge the bank's controlling shareholders to discuss fully for the first time a mergers and...

    32. November 1, 2006

      Italian banks urged to prepare for foreign competition

      Italian banks need to adopt better corporate governance rules and pursue domestic mergers as a way of preparing for more...

    33. October 31, 2006

      Italian banks warned of aggressive competition

      Italian banks need to adopt better corporate governance rules and pursue domestic mergers as a way of preparing for more...

    34. October 26, 2006

      Italian trio guilty of insider trading

      Three well-known names in Italian finance were yesterday found guilty of insider trading and given suspended prison...

    35. October 19, 2006

      Deal is perfect illustration of changed times

      Corrado Passera was supposed to have spent most of August in Argentina. The chief executive of Banca Intesa had already...

    36. October 16, 2006

      Italian banking deals

      Italian banking looked like it was being run from an asylum 18 months ago but has recently enjoyed a sustained bout of...

    37. October 13, 2006

      SanPaolo gives green light to €74bn merger with Intesa

      The board of SanPaolo IMI yesterday overrode the objections of Banco Santander of Spain and voted to go ahead with its...

    38. October 13, 2006

      Hard choice approaches as BPI looks to merge

      Banca Popolare Italiana could as early as this weekend decide its merger partner from a shortlist of two in a deal that...

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