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  1. August 19, 2014

    BHP Billiton: imperial overstretch

    “The decline of Rome was the natural and inevitable effect of immoderate greatness . . . the stupendous fabric yielded to...

  2. August 13, 2014

    Matteo Renzi promises ‘open door revolution’

    Matteo Renzi, Italy’s prime minister, in an interview with the Financial Times this week, promised to do “revolutionary...

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  1. The Future of the European Union 2012

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  1. 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...

  2. August 8, 2014

    Alitalia and Etihad sign long-awaited deal

    Alitalia has signed a long-expected agreement with Etihad Airways, under which the deep-pocketed Gulf carrier will become...

  3. August 8, 2014

    Social science: have culture, will travel: a data map

    The advent of “big data” analysis is giving social scientists new ways of looking at the ebbs and flows of humanity through...

  4. FT Alphaville

    August 8, 2014

    Osborne deals with the pirate threat

    Pirates. Can’t live with them. Can’t get rid of them. And… it has always been so. Back in Roman Republican times, for...

  5. August 5, 2014

    In search of lasting peace in Gaza

    The ceasefire in Gaza is an occasion for both relief and sorrow: relief that the killing has stopped for now, but sorrow...

  6. August 3, 2014

    France urges G20 to put issue of US bank fines on agenda

    France has gathered support to challenge US regulators imposing heavy penalties on foreign banks at a G20 meeting of world...

  7. July 24, 2014

    Richard Wilson and the Transformation of European Landscape Painting, National Museum, Cardiff – review

    Landscape art is never neutral: it exudes ideology. In mid-18th-century Britain, with its extremes of wealth and poverty,...

  8. FT Photo Diary

    July 24, 2014

    Rome welcomes Sudanese Christian woman spared death

    AFP/Getty Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag from Sudan is assisted by Lapo Pistelli, Italian deputy foreign minister, as she...

  9. July 13, 2014

    Fresh fight breaks out over top EU roles

    A group of eastern European countries have launched an eleventh-hour bid to block Italy from being handed the post of the...

  10. July 11, 2014

    Farewell Rome: a last dispatch from the (crumbling) eternal city

    Flash floods and Rome – two things one would not normally associate, but as I remind those envious of my seven years here...

  11. 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,...

  12. The A-List

    July 10, 2014

    The folly of central banks tightening to keep governments on the leash

    The Bundesbank is right to remind us that the unprecedented monetary accommodation in the eurozone has produced undesirable...

  13. July 7, 2014

    Timeline: tracing the travails of the Vatican bank

    1887 Pope Leo XIII establishes the commission for Works of Charity (Commissione ad Pias Causas), the progenitor of the...

  14. 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...

  15. July 2, 2014

    In the grisly delusions of Isis, past and present are one

    Faith and memory can haunt the Middle East, often to convulsive effect. Almost 70 years after the founding of Israel in the...

  16. June 24, 2014

    Head of Italy’s state broadcaster Rai seeks change in culture

    What makes Luigi Gubitosi particularly indignant in trying to turn round Rai, Italy’s state broadcaster, is that Italians...

  17. Brussels Blog

    June 24, 2014

    Van Rompuy's fiscal agenda: more Matti than Mutti?

    Van Rompuy meeting with Britain's David Cameron at Downing Street on Monday The less-watched parallel process to selecting...

  18. June 18, 2014

    Europe’s small companies get back in the funding picture

    Earlier this year, cinema goers in Rome were treated to an unusual sight. At the first screening in Italy of Belle and...

  19. June 17, 2014

    Pressure mounts on Italy’s Renzi to reveal choice for EU top job

    Pressure is mounting on prime minister Matteo Renzi to choose a side in the fight over the next European Commission...

  20. The World

    June 16, 2014

    Poland's “tape affair” has echoes of Italy

    Poland has made such impressive progress since the end of communism in 1989 that its political elite like to think of their...

  21. June 13, 2014

    Berlusconi ally extradited to Italy from Lebanon

    Former senator Marcello Dell’Utri, one of Silvio Berlusconi’s closest business partners and political allies, was extradited...

  22. June 12, 2014

    Berlusconi’s party faces financial crisis

    Reeling from heavy defeat in European and local elections, Silvio Berlusconi’s opposition Forza Italia faces a serious...

  23. June 11, 2014

    La Cenerentola/Rossini Sacred Works, Salzburg Whitsun Festival – review

    Cecilia Bartoli, artistic director and resident prima donna of the Salzburg Whitsun Festival, made news last year with her...

  24. FT Photo Diary

    June 2, 2014

    Rome’s Republic day spectacle

    Riccardo De Luca/AP The Frecce Tricolori Italian air force acrobatic team fly above the Vittoriano monument to the unknown...

  25. May 26, 2014

    Round-up: Euro election fallout

    Populist parties will make up at least 30 per cent of the new European Parliament after a storming performance at the polls...

  26. May 26, 2014

    Why capital cities can be unloved

    “I love to go to Washington, if only to be near my money.” – Bob Hope, comedian Capital cities tend to be viewed with...

  27. May 26, 2014

    Italy bucks the eurosceptic trend with Renzi triumph

    A landslide victory for Matteo Renzi’s centre-left Democrats has bucked the anti-EU trend across much of Europe, giving...

  28. May 25, 2014

    ‘European Spring’, by Philippe Legrain

    European Spring: Why Our Economies and Politics are in a Mess and How to Put Them Right, by Philippe Legrain, CB Books,...

  29. May 23, 2014

    Assunta Madre, Mayfair, London

    Andrea Reitano, born in Naples just 20 years ago, is one of three partners who recently opened Assunta Madre, an Italian...

  30. May 20, 2014

    Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Royal Festival Hall, London – review

    Since Antonio Pappano took over as musical director in 2005 the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia has started to clock up...

  31. May 18, 2014

    Ex-Soc-Gen trader Jérôme Kerviel refuses to return to France

    Jérôme Kerviel, the former Société Générale trader, has refused to return to France to serve a jail sentence for rogue...

  32. May 16, 2014

    The expert selection: boutique city retreats in Italy

    Alastair Sawday is the author of numerous guides to small, characterful places to stay. Here he picks four hidden gems in...

  33. May 15, 2014

    Lacklustre Berlusconi campaign has risks for Renzi

    Banners were waving and the basement ballroom in a luxury Rome hotel was packed with supporters when Silvio Berlusconi...

  34. May 4, 2014

    Gruppo Statuto prepares to list hotel arm

    The owner of some of Italy’s best known luxury hotels, including the Hotel Danieli in Venice and Four Seasons in Milan, is...

  35. April 29, 2014

    Berlusconi launches European election campaign

    Silvio Berlusconi, has taken a swipe at the judiciary for his tax fraud conviction as Italy’s former prime minister launched...

  36. April 27, 2014

    Pope Francis raises to sainthood two popular predecessors

    Two former popes – John Paul II and John XXIII – were declared saints by today’s pontiff Francis in an unprecedented...

  37. April 25, 2014

    Francis hopes to close divisions with sainthood for two popes

    Three popes – or it might even be four – will figure in an unprecedented ceremony at the Vatican on Sunday when Pope Francis...

  38. April 18, 2014

    How St Peter’s is given the Dutch touch with its Easter flowers

    On Easter Sunday, an altar will rise by electronic miracle from a platform before the main door of St Peter’s. On it, Pope...

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