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    1. December 21, 2014

      Renzi’s reform dream comes up against a corruption nightmare

      Matteo Renzi was hoping to end the year on a high note. The contentious labour market reforms that had preoccupied the...

    2. December 18, 2014

      Italy’s Giorgio Napolitano says departure is ‘imminent’

      Giorgio Napolitano announced his “imminent departure” as Italy’s president on Thursday, bringing a new dose of political...

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    1. December 15, 2014

      Renzi goes for gold with Rome’s Olympic bid

      Matteo Renzi, Italy’s young and reformist prime minister, on Monday revealed a brazenly bold goal: to bring the Olympic...

    2. December 12, 2014

      The struggle for reform in France and Italy

      The sense of spectacle with which French deliberations on economic reform are traditionally conducted was on display again...

    3. FT Photo Diary

      December 12, 2014

      Pinocchio Renzi

      Balloons featuring Italian Prime minister Matteo Renzi as Pinocchio are displayed during a general strike called by several...

    4. December 12, 2014

      Italy hit by general strike against labour reforms

      Italy suffered widespread disruption to public services and transport on Friday as unions staged an eight-hour general...

    5. December 10, 2014

      Italy’s Renzi vows to take tougher stand against corruption

      Matteo Renzi, Italy’s reformist prime minister, has pledged to take a tougher stand against corruption and make the guilty...

    6. December 5, 2014

      Italy’s Renzi pivots to Africa for alternatives to Russian gas

      A day after Vladimir Putin made his surprise move to scrap a grandiose pipeline that was to carry fresh supplies of Russian...

    7. December 3, 2014

      Matteo Renzi taps Andrea Guerra as senior adviser

      Matteo Renzi, the Italian prime minister, has tapped Andrea Guerra, the former chief executive of Luxottica, as a senior...

    8. December 2, 2014

      The euro’s feckless rulers back the tortoise against the hare

      Pope Francis may think of Europe as a haggard grandmother, but this eurozone granny has a gambling habit. She used to roll...

    9. December 2, 2014

      Italy’s new political star: Northern League leader Matteo Salvini

      A youthful Italian politician is making waves by promising to upend the status quo. It is not Matteo Renzi, the prime...

    10. November 25, 2014

      Renzi’s labour reforms clear hurdle in Italy’s parliament

      Matteo Renzi’s signature labour market reforms cleared a key hurdle in the Italian parliament on Tuesday, in a show of...

    11. November 24, 2014

      Italy regional elections deliver warning to Renzi

      A resurgence of the populist Northern League and a sharp fall in turnout in Italy’s regional elections pointed to a growing...

    12. FT Photo Diary

      November 20, 2014

      Keeping Renzi waiting

      Alessandro Di Meo/EPA Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi uses his mobile phone as he awaits the arrival of Senegal’s...

    13. November 12, 2014

      Renzi and Berlusconi announce deal on electoral reform

      Matteo Renzi and Silvio Berlusconi took a big step towards revamping Italy’s electoral laws on Wednesday, cementing an...

    14. November 12, 2014

      Italy’s Post-it premier hopes reforms stick

      Matteo Renzi, Italy’s youthful and reform-minded prime minister, has been dubbed il rottamatore or “the scrapper”, for the...

    15. November 6, 2014

      Italy has ‘atomic bomb’ to revive economy, says Renzi aide

      Yoram Gutgeld pulls out a white sheet of paper and starts scribbling, true to his roots as a management consultant. It is...

    16. November 5, 2014

      Italy’s Enel plans to sell off at least 17% of Endesa

      Enel, Italy’s largest utility, is set to sell off at least a 17 per cent stake in Endesa, the Spanish power company it...

    17. October 31, 2014

      Med becomes a no-man’s land for migrants

      Mohanad Luthon was in good spirits when he called his uncle on the evening of September 7, a day into the crossing from...

    18. October 27, 2014

      Italy rules out public money for banks that failed stress tests

      Matteo Renzi, the Italian prime minister, defended his country’s banking system after it emerged with the greatest...

    19. The World

      October 26, 2014

      Renzi under fire

      Nobody ever said that reforming Italy would be easy. But Matteo Renzi, the Italian prime minister, is going through a...

    20. Brussels Blog

      October 23, 2014

      EU Summit: Renzi vs Barroso over EU's budget letter

      Renzi arrives at the EU summit in Brussels on Thursday and quickly took issue with Barroso If you read the EU’s budget...

    21. October 17, 2014

      Russian and Ukrainian presidents fail to reach breakthrough

      Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko, the Russian and Ukrainian presidents, failed to reach a breakthrough to end the crisis...

    22. October 16, 2014

      Merkel defends fiscal rules as Paris and Rome put growth first

      German chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday delivered a tough defence of the eurozone’s fiscal rules, raising tensions with...

    23. October 15, 2014

      Budget pushes Italy to the edge of EU deficit rules

      Matteo Renzi, Italy’s prime minister, has proposed a budget heavy on stimulus measures – from tax cuts to investments – and...

    24. October 13, 2014

      Italian leader Matteo Renzi targets legal profession for reform

      Gianmatteo Nunziante, a senior corporate lawyer in Rome, was recently working for a few foreign hedge funds taking stakes in...

    25. October 9, 2014

      Purists forced to retreat in global debate on fiscal policy

      A global fight over fiscal policy has raged since the International Monetary Fund shocked the world in 2008 by recommending...

    26. October 9, 2014

      Former Finmeccanica executives convicted of falsifying invoices

      Two former senior executives at Finmeccanica, the Italian defence company, were cleared on Thursday of corruption but found...

    27. October 9, 2014

      Victory for Matteo Renzi as Italy’s Senate backs labour reforms

      Matteo Renzi, Italy’s prime minister, sought to mend fences within his own party after scoring his biggest parliamentary...

    28. October 3, 2014

      Transcript: interview with Italy’s prime minister

      Matteo Renzi spoke to the Financial Times in London on Thursday. The following edited transcript features excerpts from the...

    29. October 3, 2014

      Matteo Renzi says Berlin has no right to lecture its partners

      Matteo Renzi, Italy’s prime minister, has appealed to Brussels and Berlin to be more understanding to countries with no...

    30. September 28, 2014

      Matteo Renzi faces battle over labour reform

      Matteo Renzi, Italy’s reform-minded prime minister, was greeted with a stern warning on his arrival in Italy after a...

    31. September 21, 2014

      Italy debt burden is a problem for us all

      Perhaps the biggest question facing the economic stability of Europe is what happens if Italy continues to stagnate as it...

    32. September 18, 2014

      IMF backs Renzi reforms of Italy’s labour market

      The International Monetary Fund offered strong backing for Italian plans to overhaul its sclerotic labour rules, in the wake...

    33. September 14, 2014

      Deflation takes shine off sales for Italy’s shopkeepers

      It is mid-morning along Viale Libia, the main road in a middle-class neighbourhood in northeastern Rome, and Rosalba...

    34. September 12, 2014

      Eurozone leaders warn on fiscal rules

      Eurozone leaders warned the currency bloc risks facing a new market backlash if it strays from its fiscal rules, an apparent...

    35. September 9, 2014

      Europe has to do whatever it takes

      In the second quarter of this year, real domestic demand in the eurozone was 5 per cent lower than in the first quarter of...

    36. September 7, 2014

      Italy calls for new benchmarks to measure reforms

      Italy is pushing for new rules to monitor economic reforms across the eurozone, in an attempt to reassure other European...

    37. September 5, 2014

      Renzi’s lack of focus threatens his political promise

      If there is one thing you need to do and you promise to do 10, you have a problem. If you happen to be a prime minister,...

    38. September 3, 2014

      Luxottica’s board revamp exposes Renzi’s old concerns

      Aged founder ousts dynamic young chief executive and grabs back reins of power. Leonardo Del Vecchio’s defenestration of...

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