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    1. 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...

    2. 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,...

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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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 —...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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,...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. January 21, 2015

      Italian bank reform to pave way for Monte Paschi takeover

      The Italian government’s decision to reform its medium-sized co-operative banks was partly driven by a desire to secure a...

    24. January 21, 2015

      Axel Weber questions euro’s future without reforms

      The former head of the Bundesbank has cast doubt on the future viability of the euro if countries do not follow Germany in...

    25. January 20, 2015

      Italian cabinet approves bank reform bill

      Italy’s midsized popolari banks would be transformed into joint stock companies over the next 18 months under a bill...

    26. January 13, 2015

      Italy’s president Napolitano prepares to step down

      Giorgio Napolitano is set to resign as Italy’s president, setting the stage for a high-stakes round of negotiations among...

    27. January 1, 2015

      Renzi is the last hope for the Italian elite

      In George Bernard Shaw’s 1929 political comedy The Apple Cart, King Magnus of England threatens to turn the constitution...

    28. December 28, 2014

      Patrizia Grieco: agent for change in Italy

      In corporate Italy’s monoculture of greying men in well-cut suits, Patrizia Grieco, the first woman to chair Italy’s largest...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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