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  1. December 10, 2013

    Rome’s revolution

    Ten months ago Italy’s general elections saw the then 61-year-old Pier Luigi Bersani pitched against the 76-year-old Silvio...

  2. The World

    June 26, 2013

    Berlusconi's sentence: the risks to the coalition

    Berlusconi at a rally (Getty) Will he or won’t he? Since a court in Milan on Monday sentenced Silvio Berlusconi to seven...

  1. May 5, 2013

    Global Insight: EU keen to see if Italy’s coalition will stay on right path

    Italy’s coalition government, in its first week in office, has moved into the post-austerity era and markets have been...

  2. April 19, 2013

    Italy’s centre-left fails in presidential vote

    Hopes that Italy would take an important step towards breaking nearly two months of political deadlock were dashed on Friday...

  3. April 19, 2013

    Italy’s Democrats regroup around Prodi

    Italy’s wounded centre-left has put forward former prime minister Romano Prodi as their new candidate for head of state,...

  4. April 17, 2013

    Italy’s centrist parties claim deal on president

    Italy’s centre-left Democrats are said to have reached a last-minute deal with the centre-right, led by Silvio Berlusconi,...

  5. April 16, 2013

    Italy faces test over president vote

    Italy’s bitterly divided parliament faces a big test of its capacity to make decisions on Thursday when it begins voting for...

  6. April 4, 2013

    Italy’s would-be PM challenges Bersani

    Matteo Renzi, reformist mayor of Florence and would-be prime minister, has broken his silence over Italy’s political...

  7. March 29, 2013

    Italy’s political talks enter critical stage

    With calls for a new government ringing in their ears from employers, trade unions, the Church and the media, negotiations...

  8. March 27, 2013

    Italy faces stalemate as talks crumble

    Italy’s month-long search for a viable government seems set to return to square one, with Pierluigi Bersani, leader of the...

  9. March 26, 2013

    Bersani fails to break Italy’s gridlock

    The drawn-out process of trying to form a new government in Italy after last month’s inconclusive elections received another...

  10. March 22, 2013

    Bersani tasked with forming Italy government

    Efforts to break Italy’s political deadlock after last month’s inconclusive elections took a hesitant step forward on Friday...

  11. March 21, 2013

    Italy’s stalemate unnerves investors

    Nearly four weeks after Italian elections resulted in a stalemate, politicians are still wrangling over the shape of a new...

  12. March 10, 2013

    Hospitalised Berlusconi plans next move

    Hounded by the courts and taking refuge in a Milan hospital, former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is planning his next...

  13. March 10, 2013

    Italy must seek generational change

    It is back to the old establishment reflex. Following the inconclusive result of the general election last month, the...

  14. March 7, 2013

    Beppe Grillo’s grudge

    Almost two weeks after an inconclusive election, there is still no clarity over who will govern Italy. Markets so far have...

  15. March 6, 2013

    Bersani bids to end impasse in Italy

    Italy’s centre-left Democrats, still reeling from the shock of last week’s inconclusive elections, have met in Rome to...

  16. March 3, 2013

    No end in sight to Italian gridlock

    Italy and Europe have a long and anxious wait in store. A week after voters sent a strong anti-austerity message and...

  17. March 1, 2013

    Beppe Grillo, the man out to sack Rome

    Decimoputzu, a rundown village in Sardinia, was looking for a saviour. Crammed into the local hall, its desperate farmers...

  18. March 1, 2013

    Senator alleges Berlusconi paid bribes

    An Italian senator has told prosecutors he received €3m in bribes from Silvio Berlusconi to help bring down the last...

  19. FT Alphaville

    February 27, 2013

    The Closer

    ROUND-UP Stocks soar to five-year high. Wall Street’s S&P 500 had its biggest one-day gain, or 1.3 per cent, since the start...

  20. February 27, 2013

    Grillo kills move to break Italy deadlock

    First attempts to find a way out of Italy’s political deadlock have suffered an early setback after a proposal by the...

  21. February 26, 2013

    Bersani opens talks to break deadlock

    Leaders of Italy’s two main parties have made their opening gambits towards forming a new government after an election...

  22. February 26, 2013

    Italy takes a step into the unknown

    Italy’s inconclusive general election has plunged the eurozone back into uncertainty. For weeks, investors had wrongly...

  23. February 26, 2013

    Italy’s stunned centre-left reaches out

    “We will try our best to avoid chaos in Italy.” Those words from Enrico Letta, deputy leader of the Democrats, spoken around...

  24. February 26, 2013

    Bersani seeks first go at leading Italy

    Pier Luigi Bersani, leader of Italy’s centre-left Democratic party, made clear on Tuesday that he felt entitled to the first...

  25. February 26, 2013

    Yen short-sellers caught out by euro slide

    Hedge fund investors who made billions selling Japan’s currency this year have been caught short after uncertainty over the...

  26. February 26, 2013

    The case for a grand coalition in Italy

    There was a symbolic moment in the Italian elections when I knew that the game was up for Mario Monti, the defeated prime...

  27. February 25, 2013

    Grillo’s novices set to take centre stage

    Relying on the minimalist resources of the internet, a camper van and hordes of volunteers, the anti-establishment Five Star...

  28. February 25, 2013

    Final vote results confirm Italy deadlock

    Investors took fright at the prospect of prolonged political instability in Italy following a resounding electoral rebuff to...

  29. February 24, 2013

    Austerity hits Italian campaign spending

    Austerity hangs over Italy’s political parties just as it does over the economy, with politicians forced to reduce their...

  30. February 22, 2013

    Italy’s poll promises to spring surprise

    Dario Catania, a 27-year-old university dropout and swimming instructor, sketches out his life story: the tale of a young...

  31. February 21, 2013

    Monti outburst hits hopes for pact

    Mario Monti took his increasingly aggressive but faltering election campaign to a new level on Thursday, branding his...

  32. February 20, 2013

    Lombardy poll race reaches fever pitch

    The race for Lombardy, dubbed “Italy’s Ohio” due to its potentially decisive role in the outcome of national elections this...

  33. February 20, 2013

    Turnout key to Sicilian election race

    Catania’s main festival to celebrate its patron saint went off without a bang this month – the municipality cancelled the...

  34. February 20, 2013

    Investors rattled by Berlusconi poll showing

    Silvio Berlusconi seemed destined for an electoral thrashing seven years ago. Opinion polls showed that Romano Prodi, his...

  35. February 18, 2013

    Italy unions pose dilemma for centre-left

    Under pressure from slowing demand and competition from abroad, Avellino’s once-thriving automotive industry is in crisis....

  36. February 18, 2013

    Union leader looks forward to regime change

    When Susanna Camusso was elected secretary general of the CGIL in 2010, no woman had ever led the largest and most leftwing...

  37. February 17, 2013

    Expect the unexpected in Italy’s election

    In 2006 Romano Prodi, the former president of the European Commission, was the leader of Italy’s leftwing coalition. The...

  38. February 14, 2013

    Berlusconi defends need for bribery

    Former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has defended the need for bribery in winning contracts for Italy’s multinationals,...

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