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  1. May 8, 2014

    Italy’s Beppe Grillo battles to sustain anti-establishment message

    Beppe Grillo, the crowd-pulling leader of Italy’s protest Five Star Movement, revels in his black humour and rouses...

  2. May 5, 2014

    Italy set to launch privatisation drive with Fincantieri listing

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  1. April 8, 2014

    Renzi cuts Italy growth forecasts to 0.8% but repeats tax cut pledge

    Matteo Renzi has lowered Italy’s 2014 growth forecasts but says he intends to maintain his pledge to cut income taxes for...

  2. February 24, 2014

    Italy’s Matteo Renzi fails to please allies on debut in senate

    Matteo Renzi has made his debut in parliament as Italy’s youngest ever prime minister, delivering a speech that was long on...

  3. February 21, 2014

    WhatsApp with world markets?

    After a miserable start to the decade, investors have clearly decided it is time to party again. Confidence is rising: an...

  4. 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...

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    February 20, 2014

    Matteo Renzi should look to Mexico for inspiration

    (OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images) Whenever any centre-left leader comes to power in Europe, there are always questions over...

  6. February 19, 2014

    Italy: Matteo Renzi says coalition government nearly ready

    Matteo Renzi, the leader of Italy’s centre-left Democrats, says he hopes to have his new government ready this weekend after...

  7. February 17, 2014

    Things Italians worry about – or not

    Things Italian investors should care about: the country’s bond yield is the lowest it has been in eight years, and its...

  8. February 17, 2014

    Matteo Renzi sets out plans for first 100 days

    Matteo Renzi laid out an ambitious reform agenda for his first 100 days in office as he sought to form Italy’s next...

  9. February 16, 2014

    Matteo Renzi set for mandate to lead Italy’s next government

    Matteo Renzi will on Monday be formally handed the job of forming Italy’s fourth government in just over two years with the...

  10. 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...

  11. February 14, 2014

    Renzi takes a risky shortcut

    The eurozone is slowly emerging from its sovereign debt crisis but the situation in Italy – the bloc’s third-largest economy...

  12. February 14, 2014

    Italy’s Matteo Renzi prepares for power

    Italy’s fourth government in just over two years is taking shape as Matteo Renzi prepares to become the recession-hit...

  13. February 14, 2014

    Italy’s prime minister Letta resigns

    Italy’s sacked prime minister Enrico Letta has submitted his resignation to Giorgio Napolitano, head of state, setting in...

  14. FT Alphaville

    February 14, 2014

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE How Scotland really lost sterling union: Currency union without political union in...

  15. The World

    February 14, 2014

    Does Renzi owe his job to Draghi?

    (EPA) Do last week’s German constitutional court ruling lambasting – but failing to overturn – the ECB’s crisis-fighting...

  16. FT Alphaville

    February 14, 2014

    The 6am London Cut

    Markets: “Asian stocks outside Japan rose and silver headed for its longest streak of gains since March 2008. The yen...

  17. February 13, 2014

    Italy’s young tycoons embrace Matteo Renzi as a can-do chief

    The muted reaction of Italy’s stock market to the prospect of another round of political upheaval reflects a growing...

  18. February 13, 2014

    Renzi faces battle to reform Italy

    On his way to becoming Italy’s youngest ever prime minister at the age of 39, Matteo Renzi is set to take over a weak...

  19. February 13, 2014

    Italy’s prime minister to resign

  20. February 13, 2014

    Letta to stand down as Italy’s PM after party backs Renzi

    Italy’s ruling Democratic party has sacked Enrico Letta as prime minister, placing the debt-crippled country in the hands of...

  21. February 12, 2014

    Weakened Italy awaits ‘demolition man’ Renzi

    Enrico Letta, the Italian prime minister fighting for his survival, landed in office by accident less than 10 months ago,...

  22. February 12, 2014

    Italy’s PM battles to save premiership

    Italy’s prime minister was struggling for survival at the head of his 10-month-old coalition government on Wednesday in a...

  23. February 11, 2014

    Italian power struggle could lead to Matteo Renzi takeover

    An old-fashioned power struggle between Enrico Letta, an Italian prime minister heading a fragile coalition, and Matteo...

  24. February 5, 2014

    The reform split in southern Europe

    Almost four years since the start of Europe’s sovereign debt crisis, the debate on the effectiveness of the eurozone...

  25. January 26, 2014

    Renzi faces a hard road but he is Italy’s best hope

    There was a moment last week when Matteo Renzi looked the part of an Italian prime minister. The new leader of the...

  26. January 23, 2014

    Italy speeds up privatisation with sale of postal operator

    Italy’s coalition government says it is going ahead with a 40 per cent sale of state-owned postal services operator Poste...

  27. January 21, 2014

    Italian politics turned on its head with Renzi- Berlusconi pact

    The rising star of Italian politics got a vital assist from a fading Silvio Berlusconi to hatch a sweeping reform package...

  28. January 20, 2014

    Italy’s centre-left approves sweeping political reforms

    Matteo Renzi, leader of Italy’s centre-left Democratic party, has laid out his plan for sweeping reforms of the electoral...

  29. January 14, 2014

    Matteo Renzi’s jobs plan faces political quagmire in Italy

    Data Lab: Charting Italy’s labour market For many Italians leaving education and facing a youth unemployment rate that has...

  30. January 14, 2014

    Enel and Mexico sign energy deal

    Enel of Italy has signed the first energy deal with Mexico since a landmark reform last month to open up the country’s...

  31. January 7, 2014

    UK bus company Terravision battles bankruptcy case in Italy

    “Destination Italy” is the slogan coined by Prime Minister Enrico Letta to attract foreign investment. For Terravision, a UK...

  32. December 23, 2013

    Italy’s economy out of ‘emergency room’, says PM

    Italy is out of the “emergency room” and benefiting from a “stability dividend” that has reduced costs of funding its...

  33. December 19, 2013

    Italy’s return to growth will be slow, business group warns

    Italy has emerged from its longest postwar recession but the return to growth will be “slow and difficult”, weighed down by...

  34. December 13, 2013

    Italy to abolish state funding of political parties

    Italy’s coalition government has agreed to abolish state funding of political parties as it responds to increasing public...

  35. 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...

  36. 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...

  37. December 10, 2013

    Rome’s revolution

    Ten months ago Italy’s general elections saw the then 61-year-old Pier Luigi Bersani pitched against the 76-year-old Silvio...

  38. December 8, 2013

    A perilous time to switch Italy’s voting system

    Over the last half-century Italy has tried out three electoral systems. It will now need a fourth. Last Wednesday, the...

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