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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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