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      EU meeting lifts hopes for Italian 'bad bank' plan

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      Italy replaces EU ambassador amid tensions

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      Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena shares tumble on loan fears

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      January 13, 2016

      Telecom Italia wants to be "the California of Italy"

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      Ex-Ferrari head Luca Cordero di Montezemolo’s Olympic hopes

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      Pope: Migration crisis could have been tackled earlier

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      December 23, 2015

      Italy's Terna seals €757m Ferrovie power deal

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      December 18, 2015

      Enel sells Slovak unit in €750m deal

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      December 17, 2015

      Italy lays out €160bn industrial investment plan

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      December 17, 2015

      Alitalia appoints first non-Italian boss

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      December 16, 2015

      Italian growth losing momentum - Confindustria

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      Vatican urged to 'deliver results' on anti money-laundering

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      December 14, 2015

      Italy's Renzi defends tax evasion record

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      December 14, 2015

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      Italy’s Renzi vows to fight terrorism threat with culture

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      Italy plans part-privatisation of railway group Ferrovie dello Stato

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      UBS buys Santander’s Italian private bank

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