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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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,...

  5. 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...

  6. September 2, 2014

    ECB: Draghi’s eurozone deal

    About halfway through the speech, Mario Draghi stumbled. The European Central Bank president had reached a passage in his...

  7. August 31, 2014

    Renzi and Hollande in a bid for reform

    Matteo Renzi and François Hollande may be struggling to deliver structural reform but they can at least see the need for it....

  8. August 31, 2014

    Federica Mogherini must overcome Russia criticism

    Federica Mogherini, the 41-year-old Italian foreign minister, will have much to prove in her new job as EU foreign policy...

  9. August 29, 2014

    Renzi’s test to start with reform of Italy’s justice system

    Matteo Renzi may have taken part in the ice bucket challenge last week, pouring cold water over himself for charity, but...

  10. August 26, 2014

    EU looks to Italy’s foreign minister as foreign policy chief

    Europe’s leaders are poised to select Italy’s foreign minister as EU foreign policy chief at a summit on Saturday, despite...

  11. August 25, 2014

    Italy loses enthusiasm for privatisations

    Matteo Renzi, Italy’s media-savvy prime minister, sent out a Twitter message on Monday that he was back at his desk after...

  12. August 22, 2014

    Draghi softens tone on austerity

    Mario Draghi, the European Central Bank president, has signalled he is becoming increasingly concerned about high...

  13. August 20, 2014

    Luxottica shares fall on reports of chief executive departure

    Shares in Luxottica fell sharply in Milan on newspaper reports that its highly regarded chief executive, Andrea Guerra, was...

  14. August 17, 2014

    Draghi is running out of legal ways to fix the euro

    In an interview with the Financial Times last week, Matteo Renzi struck a defiant tone against suggestions by the European...

  15. FT Alphaville

    August 14, 2014

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Eurozone stops, waits for ECB: Germany shrank, and France stagnated in the second...

  16. FT Alphaville

    August 14, 2014

    Eurozone stops, waits for ECB

    Germany shrank, and France stagnated in the second quarter. Italy we’ve all agreed not to talk about until Matteo Renzi...

  17. August 13, 2014

    ECB would, for now, prefer to do nothing

    Spring was meant to be the season when the climate of the eurozone’s recovery became sunnier. Instead, as the days...

  18. August 12, 2014

    Construction group Salini Impregilo hunts for acquisitions

    Italian construction group Salini Impregilo is hunting for acquisitions to further internationalise the group and may...

  19. The A-List

    August 12, 2014

    The worrying data on Italy's recession

    The latest data release of the Italian second quarter gross domestic product shows that the economy shrank 0.2 per cent,...

  20. FT Alphaville

    August 11, 2014

    The 6am London Cut

    Markets: Asian markets rallied across the board as geopolitical tensions eased, but the gains failed to compensate for last...

  21. August 10, 2014

    Matteo Renzi defends pace of Italian reform

    Matteo Renzi, Italy’s prime minister, says the eurozone’s third-largest economy is on track to hit its EU-mandated budget...

  22. August 10, 2014

    Matteo Renzi takes a rapier to Italy’s bureaucracy

    Matteo Renzi, Italy’s 39-year-old prime minister, brandishes a rapier at the start of his interview with the Financial...

  23. August 8, 2014

    The end of Matteo Renzi’s Italian honeymoon

    That did not last long. Any lingering sense of an Italian honeymoon after Matteo Renzi’s stunning election victory in May...

  24. August 8, 2014

    Italy’s Senate backs first step of constitutional reform

    Italy’s Senate approved a pivotal constitutional reform on Friday, marking an important political victory for prime minister...

  25. August 6, 2014

    Renzi’s economic strategy questioned as GDP shrinks

    Matteo Renzi, the fast-talking, former mayor of Florence, came to power in Italy in an old-style party coup in February...

  26. FT Alphaville

    August 6, 2014

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE African Minerals and “certain general corporate information”: African Minerals, the...

  27. August 6, 2014

    Renzi under pressure as Italy falls back into recession

    Italy has slipped back into recession, bringing prime minister Matteo Renzi’s honeymoon to an end and testing his appetite...

  28. August 3, 2014

    Corporate Italy’s new number rings out at Telecom Italia

    Giuseppe Recchi, the recently appointed chairman of Telecom Italia, lost his last job as part of the three-yearly process by...

  29. July 17, 2014

    David Cameron opposes Donald Tusk for senior EU job

    David Cameron has opposed the suggested appointment of Donald Tusk, Poland’s prime minister, to a top EU post amid fears...

  30. July 13, 2014

    Italy accused of blocking tougher sanctions on Russia

    For much of the six-month stand-off over Ukraine, diplomats have described the west’s fitful response to Russian tactics as...

  31. July 10, 2014

    The biggest danger for the euro is the lack of trust

    Listening in on the altercation between Rome and Berlin about the inviolability or otherwise of the eurozone’s fiscal rules,...

  32. July 10, 2014

    French and Italian industrial output falls in May

    Industrial production in France, Italy and the Netherlands contracted in May, raising fresh concerns about the solidity of...

  33. July 7, 2014

    Renzi’s boast for Italy looks like history repeating itself

    It is less than a month since Britain’s prime minister David Cameron badly misread German politics and was left isolated and...

  34. July 6, 2014

    Drive towards single European digital economy proposed

    Proposals to support a single European digital economy will be revealed in Venice this week at the first meeting held by the...

  35. July 4, 2014

    Matteo Renzi hits back at Bundesbank chief

    A simmering battle between Italy and Germany over Rome’s push to ease EU’s budget rules burst into public on Friday when the...

  36. The World

    July 4, 2014

    Rome and Berlin lock horns

    Today Germany and France will meet in their World Cup quarter final in Rio de Janeiro, the latest episode in one of Europe’s...

  37. July 3, 2014

    Merkel and Renzi are the partners who can reshape Europe

    F ew European leaders relish the memory of British isolationism. That might once again seem to be in prospect, after the...

  38. June 30, 2014

    Regulator says ‘crony capitalism’ undermines Italy’s economy

    Italy’s economy has been undermined by “crony capitalism” and parts of the country’s public spending is directed to...

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