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  1. March 6, 2014

    Italy’s Five Star party in disarray

    Italy’s anti-establishment Five Star Movement has expelled five more dissident senators, widening a rift within the party...

  2. February 20, 2014

    Renzi’s takeover fuels doubts and conspiracies in Italy

    As the brash and innovative “scrapper” who acquired the mantle of Italy’s most popular politician by setting him against the...

  1. February 16, 2014

    Matteo Renzi faces first delays in forming Italy’s next government

    Efforts to install Italy’s next coalition government as quickly as possible have run into their first setback after Matteo...

  2. January 1, 2014

    Italy’s Beppe Grillo vows to shake up Europe in May elections

    The leader of Italy’s anti-establishment and anti-euro Five Star Movement vowed to shake up the EU by winning European...

  3. December 23, 2013

    Anti-corruption party to govern Delhi

    India’s one-year-old Aam Aadmi party, formed by a former tax official turned crusading anti-corruption activist, announced...

  4. December 11, 2013

    Italy’s establishment shaken by ‘Pitchforks’ protests

    As anti-government protests gathered steam across Italy this week, galvanising diverse groups under the banner of the...

  5. December 11, 2013

    Italy’s premier calls for support of parliament

    Enrico Letta, centre-left prime minister, has appealed to Italy’s parliament to back his coalition government with its...

  6. December 1, 2013

    Comic-activist Beppe Grillo blasts Italy’s fragile coalition

    Italy’s anti-establishment Five Star Movement has delivered a stark reminder to the country’s fragile coalition government...

  7. September 30, 2013

    Delaying elections will prolong Italy’s misery

    Westerners are forever lecturing others that they should hold elections and respect democracy. But when they might have to...

  8. July 10, 2013

    Berlusconi’s fraud appeal date looms over fragile government

    Italy’s fragile coalition government is lurching deeper into crisis with former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi facing the...

  9. The World

    June 26, 2013

    Berlusconi's sentence: the risks to the coalition

    Berlusconi at a rally (Getty) Will he or won’t he? Since a court in Milan on Monday sentenced Silvio Berlusconi to seven...

  10. June 18, 2013

    Italy’s Five Star Movement launches purge

    In the manner of an old-fashioned purge, Italy’s anti-establishment Five Star Movement has responded to dissent within its...

  11. June 12, 2013

    Italy’s Five Star Movement loses shine

    Italy’s Five Star Movement, scourge of the ruling elite in Rome and Brussels, is showing signs of fragmentation and a loss...

  12. June 11, 2013

    Letta’s lethargy

    Enrico Letta, Italy’s prime minister, has reasons to smile after the latest round of local elections. His Democratic party...

  13. May 28, 2013

    Five Star Movement flops in Italy’s local polls

    Local elections across Italy have witnessed a collapse in support for the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, with the...

  14. May 3, 2013

    Populist movements ride wave of resentment against EU

    By seizing a quarter of the vote in local elections this week, the UK Independence party has stamped its image on British...

  15. The World

    April 24, 2013

    Is the Grillo bubble bursting?

    Beppe Grillo on the campaign trail Two months ago Beppe Grillo came out as the big winner of Italy’s general elections. His...

  16. April 22, 2013

    Global Insight: Disgust with Europe’s politicians feeds disorder

    Like Cincinnatus two-and-a-half millennia ago, Giorgio Napolitano is being summoned back to save the republic. Aged 87,...

  17. April 21, 2013

    Business warns about Italian impasse

    The leader of Italy’s main business lobby has urged squabbling politicians to form a coalition government or risk condemning...

  18. April 20, 2013

    Italy’s Napolitano re-elected as head of state

    Giorgio Napolitano, Italy’s 87-year-old head of state, was elected by parliament for a second term on Saturday as the...

  19. April 5, 2013

    Football’s little problem on the right wing

    In Paolo Di Canio’s autobiography, published in 2000, the Italian footballer says he is “fascinated by Benito Mussolini”....

  20. April 5, 2013

    Fresh elections loom in Italy

    If Italians needed any more evidence of how surreal their country’s political impasse is becoming, then a convoy of...

  21. March 28, 2013

    Italy’s Democrats fail to form government

    Pierluigi Bersani, Italy’s Democratic party leader, has failed in his attempt to muster parliamentary support for his...

  22. March 22, 2013

    Bersani tasked with forming Italy government

    Efforts to break Italy’s political deadlock after last month’s inconclusive elections took a hesitant step forward on Friday...

  23. March 17, 2013

    Italy looks to break political impasse

    Horse-trading has started in earnest as Italy’s politicians enter a crucial week in determining whether a government can...

  24. March 15, 2013

    Italian parliament remains in deadlock

    Lawmakers representing the anti-establishment Five Star Movement have taken up their seats in Italy’s parliament in the...

  25. FT Alphaville

    March 14, 2013

    When stress and spreads part company

    William Porter at Credit Suisse has been mulling the market’s muted reaction to the Italian elections. Increased stress is...

  26. March 11, 2013

    Italy hit by downgrade and weak data

    Yields on Italian benchmark bonds edged closer to those of Spain’s as investors, still nervous about the inconclusive...

  27. March 7, 2013

    Beppe Grillo’s grudge

    Almost two weeks after an inconclusive election, there is still no clarity over who will govern Italy. Markets so far have...

  28. March 7, 2013

    Political centre at risk as eurozone fears revive

    The debate gripping financial markets and European capitals since the Italian elections over whether the eurozone crisis is...

  29. March 4, 2013

    Euro crisis is breeding comics not fascists

    Some months ago, I was discussing the euro crisis with a high-ranking US diplomat. “It’s back to the 1930s, isn’t it?” said...

  30. March 4, 2013

    Italy’s novices take first steps as political force

    Italy’s grassroots and protest-driven Five Star Movement has taken the first important step in its transition towards...

  31. March 3, 2013

    No end in sight to Italian gridlock

    Italy and Europe have a long and anxious wait in store. A week after voters sent a strong anti-austerity message and...

  32. March 1, 2013

    Beppe Grillo, the man out to sack Rome

    Decimoputzu, a rundown village in Sardinia, was looking for a saviour. Crammed into the local hall, its desperate farmers...

  33. March 1, 2013

    EU feels pressure on austerity policies

    Mario Monti was in his element. Almost a year into his tenure as Italian prime minister, he was standing in Brussels’...

  34. Brussels Blog

    February 28, 2013

    From Monti, a warning to France...and others

    Monti casts his vote in this week's Italian parliamentary elections. Just 48 hours after receiving a drubbing at the polls,...

  35. February 28, 2013

    Berlusconi camp anger at corruption probe

    Silvio Berlusconi’s centre-right party has reacted furiously to reports that the former prime minister was the subject of a...

  36. February 28, 2013

    Italy’s bosses rail at political ‘losers’

    Italian business leaders have reacted with fury and alarm at the failure of any of the country’s politicians to gain a clear...

  37. FT Alphaville

    February 27, 2013

    The Closer

    ROUND-UP Stocks soar to five-year high. Wall Street’s S&P 500 had its biggest one-day gain, or 1.3 per cent, since the start...

  38. February 27, 2013

    Italy looks at ‘Sicilian solution’

    A Sicilian experiment in political co-operation suggests a possible way out of the impasse created by Italy’s inconclusive...

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