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    1. March 28, 2014

      Jens Stoltenberg named as new head of Nato

      Norway’s former prime minister Jens Stoltenberg is to be the new head of Nato, member states decided on Friday, as the...

    2. February 22, 2013

      Italy’s poll promises to spring surprise

      Dario Catania, a 27-year-old university dropout and swimming instructor, sketches out his life story: the tale of a young...

    1. The World

      February 5, 2013

      Italy: foreign policy and the election

      Mario Monti with Francois Hollande on February 3 (BERTRAND LANGLOIS/AFP/Getty Images) Italy’s foreign policy has long been...

    2. October 28, 2012

      Berlusconi’s rant reflects Italian rifts

      Even long-time friends and allies used to the twists and turns of their leader’s policies and chequered private life were...

    3. November 10, 2011

      Berlusconi losing grip on his party

      Silvio Berlusconi is losing his grip on his own People of Liberty party in what are likely to be his last days in office...

    4. November 7, 2011

      Berlusconi fights to the end as debt costs soar

      The unchallenged leader of Italy’s centre-right for nearly 18 years despite court cases and sex scandals, Silvio Berlusconi...

    5. Brussels Blog

      October 10, 2011

      Italy and the delayed EU summit

      Italian foreign minister Franco Frattini The euro and European stock markets rallied today after Herman Van Rompuy delayed...

    6. October 7, 2011

      Berlusconi seeks comfort at Putin’s party

      Off to celebrate Vladimir Putin’s 59th birthday this weekend, Silvio Berlusconi is visiting one of the few places he feels...

    7. August 22, 2011

      World leaders urge Gaddafi to step down

      World leaders on Monday welcomed the news that Libyan rebels had entered the capital Tripoli and urged Colonel Muammer...

    8. July 14, 2011

      Libyan opposition wins wider recognition

      The Libyan opposition fighting Colonel Muammer Gaddafi received a diplomatic boost on Friday when some 30 countries moved to...

    9. July 6, 2011

      Silvio Berlusconi pulls out austerity clause

      Silvio Berlusconi on Tuesday withdrew proposed legislation inserted into his government’s austerity package that would have...

    10. June 22, 2011

      Calls for ceasefire in Libya ring louder

      Calls for a ceasefire in Libya’s civil war grew on Wednesday as Nato’s bombing campaign approached its 100th day with an end...

    11. May 31, 2011

      Italy offers financial help to Libya rebels

      Italy will extend loan guarantees, money and emergency fuel supplies to tide over Libya’s rebel provisional government,...

    12. May 5, 2011

      Clinton warns Syria over crackdown

      Hillary Clinton, US secretary of state, has warned the Syrian government that it would face the “consequences” of its...

    13. April 24, 2011

      Rome and Paris seek border reforms

      Silvio Berlusconi and Nicolas Sarkozy intend to turn to the European Union with proposals for a multi-billion euro aid...

    14. April 18, 2011

      Europe: In need of a lifeline

      Adrift: illegal north African migrants await transfer last month from Lampedusa, Italy’s most southerly island. Tens of...

    15. April 18, 2011

      Ferrero chief dies in accident

      Pietro Ferrero, joint chief executive of his family’s chocolate maker, has died in a cycling accident while on a business...

    16. April 15, 2011

      Italy rejects Libya airstrikes call

      Silvio Berlusconi’s centre-right government in Italy delivered a sharp blow to France and Britain on Friday when it flatly...

    17. April 3, 2011

      Gaddafi envoy meets scepticism

      A Turkish ship evacuates some of the wounded from the besieged city of Misurata An envoy from Muammer Gaddafi visited Europe...

    18. March 30, 2011

      Berlusconi intervenes in migrant crisis

      Illegal immigrants from north Africa queue for food and water on Lampedusa Fighting accusations that his centre-right...

    19. March 21, 2011

      Italy works to keep Libya options open

      In the century since Italy invaded Libya and decimated its population under a brutal military occupation, Rome has seen its...

    20. March 3, 2011

      Rome sits at hub of former colony’s web

      Italian finance ministry officials just have to lift their gaze from their computers to be reminded of the complex web they...

    21. February 23, 2011

      Libya regime admits 300 dead in uprising

      An image from TV showing anti-Gaddafi demonstrators in Tobruk, eastern Libya, on Wednesday Libya has admitted that 300...

    22. February 23, 2011

      Frattini’s Erasmus idea already exists

      From Mr Dennis Abbott. Sir, The call by Franco Frattini, Italian foreign minister, for a massive new Euro-Mediterranean...

    23. February 22, 2011

      UN refugee agency issues plea

      The UN refugee agency appealed on Tuesday to Libya’s neighbours in Europe and north Africa not to turn back people fleeing...

    24. February 22, 2011

      Defiant Gaddafi vows fight to death

      Muammer Gaddafi, the Libyan leader, vowed to fight until the last drop of his blood had been spilt rather than step down,...

    25. February 21, 2011

      Italians fear African migration surge

      Fears of a possible surge of north African immigrants undermined European efforts to craft a joint response to Libya’s...

    26. February 17, 2011

      A pact for Euro-Mediterranean stability

      The Mediterranean poses dramatic new challenges for European security. Events in Libya may add a fresh wave of refugees to...

    27. February 14, 2011

      Italy comes to terms with a new north Africa

      A full month after Tunisia’s ousted president fled to Saudi Arabia, the official website of Italy’s foreign ministry – slow...

    28. January 27, 2011

      Berlusconi’s party will not dump him, says ally

      Silvio Berlusconi is under mounting pressure to resign amid fresh allegations of relationships with suspected teenage...

    29. December 23, 2010

      Parcel bombs in Rome injure embassy staff

      Two embassy workers handling Christmas mail were wounded in separate explosions caused by parcel bombs sent to the Swiss and...

    30. December 14, 2010

      Italy’s bruised politicians set for next battle

      Italy’s political crisis leaves no clear winners, only wounded survivors stumbling towards the next battle in what promises...

    31. November 27, 2010

      Berlusconi slams probe on state companies

      Prosecutors have launched a corruption investigation into Enav, Italy’s air traffic control company, and a subsidiary of...

    32. November 12, 2010

      Berlusconi faces desperate fight for survival

      Silvio Berlusconi returns to Italy from the G20 summit this weekend fighting for his political survival, with his...

    33. November 7, 2010

      Poland rejects idea of EU elite group

      Poland has rejected the idea of an informal G6 of the European Union’s largest members, suggested by Italy to address its...

    34. November 4, 2010

      Italy slams Paris and Berlin for ‘pre-cooked’ deals

      Franco Frattini, Italy’s foreign minister, has lashed out at France and Germany for trying to “pre-cook” agreements for the...

    35. July 28, 2010

      Frattini questions BP drilling off Libya

      Plans by BP to start deep-sea drilling for oil and gas in Libya’s Gulf of Sirte should be brought before the Union of the...

    36. June 7, 2010

      UK and Italy soften calls for Israel inquiry

      William Hague, the British foreign secretary, and Franco Frattini, his Italian counterpart, have softened their demand for a...

    37. May 11, 2010

      Rivals agree UK will not prop up currency

      The eurozone bail-out could cost the UK €8bn ($10.2bn, £6.9bn) if borrowers default on their debts but, although London has...

    38. May 11, 2010

      Rivals agree UK will not prop up currency

      The eurozone bail-out could cost the UK €8bn ($10.2bn, £6.9bn) if borrowers default on their debts but, although London has...

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