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      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...

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      December 12, 2014

      Pinocchio Renzi

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

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    1. 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...

    2. December 11, 2014

      Eurozone spreads widen on ‘Grexit’ fears

      The eurozone “convergence” trade has worked well for most of 2014. But is it time to bet on a reversal next year?...

    3. 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...

    4. FT Photo Diary

      December 3, 2014

      Fighting reform in Rome

      Italian Police prepare to face up to demonstrators in Rome, Italy on Wednesday during a a demonstration in Rome against the...

    5. 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...

    6. November 27, 2014

      Do the Jesuits hold the answer for misfiring multinationals?

      Any ambitious entrepreneur seeking to lay the foundations of a 21st-century multinational would start with some of the...

    7. November 25, 2014

      Pietro Perugino, Maître de Raphael, Musée Jacquemart-André, Paris – review

      In his self-portrait in the Uffizi, Perugino paints himself without vanity as a workaday craftsman: plump face framed by a...

    8. November 20, 2014

      Italy accuses Brussels of ‘shaky’ accounting

      Italy has accused the EU of using “shaky” methodology to evaluate countries’ fiscal policies, raising the stakes ahead of...

    9. November 14, 2014

      Michael Pye: Europe’s secret history

      There’s a fine, white beach at Domburg: huts and dunes, kids and ice-cream and gentle summer waves. The English used to love...

    10. FT Photo Diary

      November 14, 2014

      Rome strike

      Filippo Monteforte/AFP Demonstators hold flares during a demonstration as part of a general strike in central Rome on Friday ...

    11. November 12, 2014

      Eurozone policy makers braced for weak growth figures

      The economic strategy of eurozone leaders is set to come under renewed pressure on Friday, with gross domestic product data...

    12. 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...

    13. October 31, 2014

      In the pink: the colourful life of Elsa Schiaparelli

      1890 Elsa Schiaparelli born September 10 in Rome. 1911 Publishes a volume of sensual poems that so outrages her family she...

    14. October 28, 2014

      Brussels clears France and Italy’s budgets

      The European Commission on Tuesday decided not to send the French and Italian budgets back to their governments for big...

    15. 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...

    16. October 26, 2014

      Rome bankers protest at stress test results

      Analysts and investors have taken the howls of protest from Italian central bank officials on Sunday as evidence that the...

    17. 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...

    18. October 24, 2014

      Priceless experiences for the authentically rich

      Members of the Porsche Travel Club, it was gleefully reported this week, have been treated to the grandest of cultural...

    19. 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...

    20. October 23, 2014

      Row between Rome and Brussels heats up

      The European Commission has asked Italy to detail by Friday how it will avoid violating EU budget rules, according to a...

    21. FT Alphaville

      October 21, 2014

      Further reading

      Elsewhere on Tuesday, - Inside the Ebola wars. - Insider traders mostly keep their tipping within their ethnic groups,...

    22. FT Alphaville

      October 20, 2014

      Spending versus consolidation, German political capital edition

      Two sets of charts from BCA Research with unclear implications: One interpretation of these charts is that they explain the...

    23. October 14, 2014

      Reforms pave way for Italian property renaissance

      A concrete shopping centre surrounded by scrubland and low-rise apartment blocks on the outskirts of Rome is an unlikely...

    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. FT Alphaville

      October 10, 2014

      Draghi's true alternatives

      Mario Draghi has been very clear about what would push him into the full-blown QE of buying government bonds. He faces some...

    26. October 1, 2014

      Japan’s bullet train celebrates its 50th birthday

      It was with a mix of wistful nostalgia and pride that Japan celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Shinkansen bullet train....

    27. September 25, 2014

      Uefa probes Liverpool, Monaco, AS Roma and Internazionale

      Uefa is investigating Liverpool, Monaco, AS Roma and Internazionale of Milan over potential breaches of financial fair play...

    28. September 23, 2014

      Italy seizes Putin ally Arkady Rotenberg’s property assets

      The Italian tax police have seized €30m in assets, including a luxury hotel in Rome and two villas in Sardinia, controlled...

    29. September 22, 2014

      Mitsubishi offers $1.4bn for Norwegian fish farmer Cermaq

      Mitsubishi Corp has offered NKr8.88bn ($1.4bn) for Norwegian salmon producer Cermaq, in the latest sign of consolidation in...

    30. 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...

    31. September 12, 2014

      Italy’s Northern League looks to Scotland vote for separation push

      Italy’s anti-immigrant, anti-euro Northern League party is seizing on the Scottish vote for independence as an opportunity...

    32. September 5, 2014

      Past treasures exhibited at Domus

      One of Bulgari’s latest marketing ventures opened above its Rome boutique in July. Domus occupies a two-room, 100 sq m space...

    33. FT Photo Diary

      September 3, 2014

      Keeping composed

      Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience in St Peter’s square at the Vatican in Rome.   ...

    34. August 28, 2014

      Q&A: The battle over EU fiscal rules

      EU leaders will meet on Saturday to decide the final two job openings atop the bloc’s Brussels-based institutions, but many...

    35. August 26, 2014

      Abolish the ‘illegality industry’ at Europe’s borders

      Crisis is the word at the rich world’s frontiers. At the UK borders, migrants are prised out of shipping containers or...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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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