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      Renzi has to show that he really does stand for change

      For a man who likes to give the impression of incessant activity, to be told “pull your finger out” might seem ungrateful....

    2. June 1, 2015

      Matteo Renzi suffers setback in Italy’s regional elections

      When Matteo Renzi rose to power as Italy’s prime minister in February 2014, it felt like a budding revolution. The young and...

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    1. May 29, 2015

      Matteo Renzi faces key test in Italian regional elections

      Italy is to hold elections in seven of its 20 regions on Sunday in the biggest test of popular support for the reformist...

    2. FT Photo Diary

      May 28, 2015

      Floating voters

      Balloons of the developmental advocacy and campaigning organisation ‘ONE’ depicting (L-R) Canadian Prime Minister Stephen...

    3. May 26, 2015

      Campania poll shows limits of Italian PM Matteo Renzi’s influence

      Vincenzo De Luca has big plans if he is elected president of Campania, the impoverished region of southern Italy, on May 31....

    4. FT Data

      May 26, 2015

      Reforming Italian education: too few people with a tertiary degree and large regional differences

      “The good school” is the title of the reform to the Italian educational system proposed by the Prime Minister Matteo Renzi...

    5. May 20, 2015

      Tunisian museum massacre suspect captured in Italy

      Fears that jihadis could enter Europe on boats laden with migrants were heightened after a Moroccan suspected of involvement...

    6. May 18, 2015

      Nicolas Sarkozy’s bruising battle with the Twitter trolls

      Nicolas Sarkozy is embracing Twitter — for better or worse. With his 750,000 or so followers, the former French president...

    7. May 14, 2015

      Can Italy’s nascent recovery be sustained?

      As he visited Barack Obama in Washington last month, Matteo Renzi, Italy’s prime minister, offered a fairytale analogy about...

    8. May 12, 2015

      Renzi faces pensions hit to public finances

      Italy’s government is grappling with an unexpected hit to its public finances after the country’s high court ruled that...

    9. May 8, 2015

      Renzi urges Europe to stop ‘hesitating’ over trade deal with US

      Matteo Renzi, Italy’s prime minister, chided fellow European leaders for “hesitating” and “stuttering” on negotiations over...

    10. May 5, 2015

      Renzi shakes up Italy’s creaking governance

      When Matteo Renzi came to power, many questioned whether Italy’s youthful prime minister could deliver on his promise to...

    11. May 4, 2015

      Renzi wins green light for electoral reform

      Italy’s parliament handed Matteo Renzi a hard-fought green light from parliament for a transformation of electoral rules,...

    12. May 3, 2015

      Renzi prepares for final push on Italy’s electoral reform law

      Matteo Renzi, the Italian prime minister, is close to clinching lawmakers’ approval for a transformation of the country’s...

    13. May 1, 2015

      Italy pins hopes for economic revival on Milan Expo

      After a run-up marred by corruption scandals, delays and fights over costs, the Expo 2015 world fair in Milan opened to the...

    14. April 20, 2015

      Italy arrests trafficking suspects after hundreds drown off Libya

      Mediterranean migrant tragedy Italian police have arrested two alleged people smugglers who were among the survivors of a...

    15. April 13, 2015

      Italy’s production figures provide reassurance over growth

      Industrial production in Italy rose 0.6 per cent in February, offering comfort that the eurozone’s third-largest economy...

    16. April 12, 2015

      Italy eases austerity as economy picks up

      Italy is easing up on austerity and mulling €1.8bn in new fiscal stimulus measures, as Matteo Renzi, the prime minister,...

    17. April 9, 2015

      Three shot dead at Milan court as city prepares to host Expo

      A property entrepreneur facing charges of fraud in a bankruptcy case killed three people and wounded at least two in Milan’s...

    18. April 8, 2015

      Renault reform: hostage to government

      The things the French government will do to retain control over its national champions. This week it temporarily lifted its...

    19. April 7, 2015

      Italy upgrades economic forecasts

      Italy upgraded its economic forecasts for the next three years on Tuesday and now expects to grow by 0.7 per cent in 2015 —...

    20. April 1, 2015

      Italian deals point to reformist zeal

      At first glance, recent high-profile corporate events in Italy — tyremaker Pirelli’s €7bn sale to ChemChina, oil group Eni’s...

    21. March 25, 2015

      Europe’s impatience with misbehaviour drives corruption crackdown

      Romanian prosecutors accuse a former finance minister of stashing three gold bars, $90,000 in cash and a French...

    22. March 20, 2015

      Renzi’s government hit by corruption scandal

      Matteo Renzi, Italy’s reformist prime minister, survived for more than a year in office without facing a major scandal. But...

    23. March 20, 2015

      Italian minister set to quit amid corruption allegations

      Maurizio Lupi, Italy’s infrastructure minister, is set to resign from his post in the wake of corruption allegations...

    24. March 11, 2015

      Berlusconi acquittal backed by Italy’s highest court

      Italy’s highest court handed Silvio Berlusconi a big legal victory, confirming his acquittal on charges of sex with an...

    25. March 5, 2015

      Renzi appeals to Putin for Russian help to stabilise Libya

      Matteo Renzi, Italy’s prime minister, pleaded for Russian help to resolve the escalating security crisis in Libya, marking a...

    26. February 27, 2015

      Antonello Fava, Italian coastguard

      Lieutenant Antonello Fava, one of the 11,000 Italian coastguards who every day patrol an area of ocean twice as big as the...

    27. February 26, 2015

      Shafts of sunlight amid Europe’s economic gloom

      In Florence’s Bargello museum stands Donatello’s bronze statue of David, in a straw hat and calf-length boots, victorious...

    28. February 25, 2015

      Italy to sell 5.7% of state-controlled utility Enel

      Italy’s Treasury has confirmed that it is selling a 5.7 per cent stake in state-controlled utility Enel, worth about €2.2bn,...

    29. February 16, 2015

      Renzi plays down talk of Libya intervention by Italy

      Matteo Renzi, Italy’s prime minister, on Monday sought to play down weekend reports that Italy was preparing to send troops...

    30. February 5, 2015

      François Hollande and Matteo Renzi will back Greece only so far

      A Socialist French president who has railed against austerity pleaded for leniency for Greece but insisted that Athens must...

    31. February 5, 2015

      Finmeccanica CEO seeks to shrink company to revive its fortunes

      Finmeccanica, Italy’s aerospace, defence and transport conglomerate, will see annual sales shrink by close to 20 per cent...

    32. FT Photo Diary

      February 3, 2015

      Welcoming Sergio Mattarella

      Italy’s new President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Matteo Renzi arrive for a welcoming ceremony, at the Quirinale...

    33. February 2, 2015

      Investors petition Matteo Renzi over loyalty shares

      Some of Italy’s largest institutional investors together with non-executive board members from its biggest companies have...

    34. February 1, 2015

      Presidential coup returns Florentine swagger to Matteo Renzi

      Operation “Mattarella” could not have gone any better for Matteo Renzi, Italy’s youthful, reform-minded, centre-left prime...

    35. January 31, 2015

      Sergio Mattarella: enemy of the Mafia and champion of the law

      Sergio Mattarella, the 73-year-old Sicilian judge chosen to be Italy’s new head of state, had few political ambitions early...

    36. January 31, 2015

      Sergio Mattarella to be Italy’s next president

      Sergio Mattarella, a Sicilian judge, has been chosen to be Italy’s next president, in an overwhelming display of political...

    37. January 26, 2015

      Renzi faces political test over choice of next Italian president

      Italy’s presidential contenders Matteo Renzi is facing the biggest test of his political power and acumen since taking over...

    38. FT Photo Diary

      January 23, 2015

      Renzi, Merkel, and Michelangelo's David

      Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi talks during a joint news conference with Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel at the end...

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