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  1. The World

    May 28, 2013

    The Roman mile: the Bank of Italy and the economy ministry are drawing ever closer

    Fabrizio Saccomanni It takes a little more than 15 minutes to cover the mile-long distance that separates the Bank of Italy...

  2. January 29, 2013

    Finance minister defends Italy bank supervision

    Italy’s finance minister has delivered a robust defence of the Bank of Italy’s supervision of the Tuscan bank at the centre...

  1. January 24, 2013

    Italian PM under fire over bank crisis

    Mario Monti, Italy’s prime minister, was forced to offer to recall parliament on Thursday amid questions about his...

  2. December 13, 2012

    Meddling makes toxic mix at Finmeccanica

    Economic recession and declining military budgets in core markets are an unhelpful combination for any defence company. Mix...

  3. July 22, 2012

    Berlusconi seeks return to liberal roots

    Silvio Berlusconi’s comeback campaign is taking shape. Italy’s former prime minister, who said he would not seek office...

  4. June 26, 2012

    Monte dei Paschi receives €2bn state aid

    The Italian government will loan as much as €2bn to Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena to help the country’s third-biggest bank...

  5. March 25, 2012

    Finmeccanica set to unveil heavy losses

    Giuseppe Orsi, in his newly combined role as chairman and chief executive of Finmeccanica, will this week try to draw a line...

  6. December 19, 2011

    Monti austerity budget faces final hurdle

    Mario Monti’s €30bn austerity budget faces its final hurdle this week as senators prepare to vote on new measures intended...

  7. November 22, 2011

    FT ranking of EU finance ministers: Striker amid stumblers

    In public finances as in football, each European country fields its own team. In the past year, the lack of unity has been...

  8. November 10, 2011

    Doubts raised over strength of Rome’s reforms

    Italy’s parliament is rushing through measures to cut the budget deficit and boost economic growth in response to demands by...

  9. FT Alphaville

    November 9, 2011

    Grand Viceroy Rehn

    Silvio may be going but Italy remains front and centre of the Euromess. On Tuesday evening, Olli Rehn, the EU’s economic and...

  10. November 8, 2011

    Could Berlusconi gambit buy him more time?

    Silvio Berlusconi has bought his weakened centre-right government more time by pledging his resignation once emergency...

  11. 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...

  12. November 4, 2011

    Berlusconi brushes off debt crisis

    Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian prime minister, said on Friday that he had refused the offer of an International Monetary...

  13. November 3, 2011

    Berlusconi under pressure at G20 and in Rome

    Silvio Berlusconi was put on notice at the G20 summit that Italy had to regain its credibility on debt markets even as...

  14. FT Alphaville

    November 3, 2011

    Berlusconi fails to get reforms through before G20

    Silvio Berlusconi failed on Wednesday night to overcome internal government divisions and push through immediate legislation...

  15. November 2, 2011

    Berlusconi fails to overcome divisions on reform

    Silvio Berlusconi failed on Wednesday night to overcome internal government divisions and push through immediate legislation...

  16. October 31, 2011

    ‘Baby pensioners’ face a beating

    “All politics is local.” That favourite cliché may well apply in the US where Tip O’Neill, former speaker of the House, is...

  17. October 28, 2011

    EDF reaches agreement over Edison

    EDF has reached an “agreement in principle” with its fellow investors in Edison, Italy’s second-biggest power provider, that...

  18. October 26, 2011

    Berlusconi held to the fire by EU partners

    Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s centre-right prime minister, has been forced into a corner by European Union demands for a strict...

  19. October 21, 2011

    Italy delays economic reform package again

    If delay turns out to be the main theme at the summit of European leaders this weekend, then Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi is...

  20. 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...

  21. October 20, 2011

    Berlusconi in U-turn on central bank post

    Silvio Berlusconi has ended months of procrastination and U-turns that dented Italy’s credibility on the international stage...

  22. Money Supply

    October 19, 2011

    Bini Smaghi’s Bank of Italy coup

    UPDATE: 20 October 20.06 After outcry from the Bank of Italy, cabinet ministers, and the Italian media, Mr Berlusconi has...

  23. October 19, 2011

    Berlusconi opts for Bini Smaghi

    Silvio Berlusconi is expected to end months of speculation and procrastination on Thursday by nominating Lorenzo Bini Smaghi...

  24. October 14, 2011

    Berlusconi survives confidence vote

    Silvio Berlusconi’s centre-right coalition survived a vote of confidence in parliament on Friday but its slim margin of...

  25. October 13, 2011

    Desperate Berlusconi teeters towards farce

    Just when European leaders are rediscovering their resolve to fix the eurozone debt crisis and gaining market confidence on...

  26. October 12, 2011

    Italian PM stakes survival on confidence vote

    Silvio Berlusconi, the great survivor of Italian politics, appears on course to win more time for his centre-right...

  27. October 11, 2011

    Berlusconi’s future in balance

    Silvio Berlusconi was left fighting for the future of his centre-right government on Tuesday night after losing a...

  28. October 5, 2011

    Italy’s downgrade raises pressure on Berlusconi

    The three-notch slashing of Italy’s credit status by Moody’s on Tuesday had been widely anticipated in Rome and discounted...

  29. October 4, 2011

    Moody’s cuts Italy’s rating three notches

    Moody’s Investors Service late on Tuesday slashed Italy’s government bond ratings by three notches to A2, citing an increase...

  30. September 30, 2011

    Italy looks to historic property for funds

    A chapter in the rich shipping history of Venice is drawing to a close as the state puts a “for sale” notice on a grand,...

  31. September 29, 2011

    ECB letter shows pressure on Berlusconi

    “We trust that the government will take all the appropriate actions” – Jean-Claude Trichet. Mario Draghi. With this...

  32. September 28, 2011

    Rome in disarray over Draghi successor

    Sharp disagreements within Italy’s fractious centre-right government are delaying the nomination of a new governor of the...

  33. September 26, 2011

    How at last my fellow Italians fell out of love with Silvio

    Italians are fantasists. Reality’s not good enough for them. In his latest novel, The Pregnant Widow, Martin Amis describes...

  34. September 22, 2011

    Italy downgrades growth forecasts

    Italians have been warned not to expect more than meagre growth in their debt-strapped economy over the next two years as...

  35. September 20, 2011

    Italy plans reforms to rebuild growth

    Giulio Tremonti, finance minister, is drawing up new reforms designed to lift Italy’s stagnating economy in response to...

  36. September 20, 2011

    Berlusconi slams S&P downgrade

    Silvio Berlusconi reacted swiftly and angrily to Italy’s credit downgrade by Standard & Poor’s, denouncing the move as...

  37. September 13, 2011

    Italy hunts for more options in bid to cut debt

    Even as Italy’s parliament prepares to give its final approval on Wednesday to the centre-right government’s austerity...

  38. beyondbrics

    September 13, 2011

    New York headlines

    * Italy turns to China for help in debt crisis * Nakheel wrote down real estate assets by $21bn * Beijing puts monetary...

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