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    European Council presidency race is wide open with six contenders

    The mounting consensus that Italian foreign minister Federica Mogherini will be chosen as the EU’s next foreign policy chief...

  2. 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...

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    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,...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. August 7, 2014

    Alitalia agrees rescue deal with Etihad

    Alitalia has been thrown a financial lifeline by Etihad Airways, with a deal set to be signed as early as Friday, Italy’s...

  5. 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...

  6. July 18, 2014

    Berlusconi sex conviction overturned

    Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has had his conviction for paying for sex with an underage prostitute and...

  7. 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...

  8. June 26, 2014

    Business association warns over Italy’s weak growth

    Italy’s main business association has warned that economic growth will fall well short of expectations this year, adding to...

  9. June 24, 2014

    Italy’s Matteo Renzi likens EU to ‘old boring aunt’

    The EU has to change course and stop behaving like an “old boring aunt”, Matteo Renzi, Italy’s centre-left prime minister,...

  10. June 13, 2014

    Corruption scandals undermine Italy’s investment drive

    Venice, ruled by a Council of Ten for 500 years, has a long history of secretive government by a cosy nexus of political and...

  11. May 12, 2014

    Corruption claims appear normal for Italian business and politics

    Some things never change in Italy, the headlines say. More than 20 years after Milan’s “clean hands” magistrates toppled the...

  12. May 9, 2014

    Berlusconi starts community service at Milan care home

    Silvio Berlusconi entered the green sliding doors of a care home for the elderly and dementia sufferers on Friday morning as...

  13. May 8, 2014

    Italy’s Northern League changes tack for European elections

    A field outside Verona, the picturesque northern Italian city famous for its star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet, has...

  14. May 8, 2014

    Italy’s Beppe Grillo battles to sustain anti-establishment message

    Beppe Grillo, the crowd-pulling leader of Italy’s protest Five Star Movement, revels in his black humour and rouses...

  15. 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...

  16. April 22, 2014

    Italy’s right calls for end to navy’s rescue of African migrants

    Rightwing parties in Italy have called for the suspension of the EU-backed mission to rescue migrants who make the dangerous...

  17. April 15, 2014

    Silvio Berlusconi faces community service for tax fraud

    Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s former prime minister, is to serve his one-year sentence for tax fraud by performing community...

  18. April 10, 2014

    Shake-up at state-owned companies to test Renzi credentials

    Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi faces the first major test of whether he can extend his reform agenda into the country’s...

  19. April 6, 2014

    Matteo Renzi chooses long haul for Italy’s labour reforms

    With Italy losing jobs at the rate of about 1,000 a day over the past year, radically reforming its inefficient labour...

  20. April 6, 2014

    Italian top jobs sweepstake is test of Renzi’s promise of change

    Corporate Italy is more cheerful than it has been for several years. In a poll of the chief executives and chairmen gathered...

  21. April 1, 2014

    Centre-left leaders on the rise but times are tougher for Blair and Schröder’s heirs

    It is as if the spirits of Tony Blair and Gerhard Schröder, the former British and German leaders, are beckoning to their...

  22. March 27, 2014

    Italy’s prime minister takes the knife to public spending

    Not exactly the sale of the century, but the first of 151 official cars used by Italian ministries, including top-line...

  23. March 17, 2014

    Matteo Renzi: A young man in a hurry

    First there was Silvio Berlusconi, who insisted at the peak of the eurozone debt crisis in 2011 that Italy’s economy was...

  24. March 12, 2014

    Italy’s Matteo Renzi pledges tax cuts and labour reforms

    Matteo Renzi has pledged an ambitious programme of tax cuts and labour market reforms in his coalition government’s first...

  25. March 6, 2014

    Italy’s Five Star party in disarray

    Italy’s anti-establishment Five Star Movement has expelled five more dissident senators, widening a rift within the party...

  26. March 4, 2014

    Antonio Gentile quits Italy’s new government

    A senior official has resigned from Italy’s new government over his alleged role in censoring a local newspaper, handing a...

  27. February 27, 2014

    Matteo Renzi’s ‘radical’ plans face old Italian obstacles

    “Working on the most important government dossiers,” said a pre-dawn tweet from Matteo Renzi to his 901,000 followers on...

  28. February 24, 2014

    Italy’s Matteo Renzi fails to please allies on debut in senate

    Matteo Renzi has made his debut in parliament as Italy’s youngest ever prime minister, delivering a speech that was long on...

  29. February 24, 2014

    Matteo Renzi takes the stage in Italy

    Matteo Renzi, Italy’s new prime minister, has only been in power for three days. But he is already being hailed as one of...

  30. February 21, 2014

    Matteo Renzi picks OECD chief economist as Italy finance minister

    Italy’s new finance minister in Matteo Renzi’s coalition government will be Pier Carlo Padoan, chief economist at the OECD....

  31. February 21, 2014

    After polarising Florence, Matteo Renzi plans renaissance in Rome

    Matteo Renzi takes over as Italy’s youngest prime minister this weekend without ever standing in a national election. But...

  32. February 19, 2014

    Italy: Matteo Renzi says coalition government nearly ready

    Matteo Renzi, the leader of Italy’s centre-left Democrats, says he hopes to have his new government ready this weekend after...

  33. February 18, 2014

    Brussels warns Italy’s Renzi to stick to EU budget rules

    Brussels has warned Rome it is unwilling to bend tough EU budget rules despite promises by incoming prime minister Matteo...

  34. February 18, 2014

    Italy withdraws envoy from India over shootings

    A frustrated Italy withdrew its ambassador from India on Tuesday in protest at what it called the “manifest inability” of...

  35. February 17, 2014

    Matteo Renzi sets out plans for first 100 days

    Matteo Renzi laid out an ambitious reform agenda for his first 100 days in office as he sought to form Italy’s next...

  36. February 16, 2014

    Matteo Renzi set for mandate to lead Italy’s next government

    Matteo Renzi will on Monday be formally handed the job of forming Italy’s fourth government in just over two years with the...

  37. February 16, 2014

    Renzi will not revive Italy with reforms alone

    Matteo Renzi is close to achieving his great ambition. Now what? Italy’s new prime minister will have the most difficult job...

  38. February 14, 2014

    Matteo Renzi, young man in a hurry to rescue Italy from crisis

    Brash, thrusting and a hugely confident communicator, the rise of Matteo Renzi, on his way to becoming Italy’s youngest ever...

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