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    1. April 24, 2015

      Elio Toaff, spiritual leader, 1915-2015

      Elio Toaff, who has died aged 99, doggedly pursued the cause of reconciliation between Catholics and Jews as chief rabbi of...

    2. April 15, 2015

      The shame of Europe over migrant boat people

      The steadily increasing flow of migrants and asylum seekers attempting to reach Europe via the Mediterranean represents one...

    1. April 10, 2015

      Friars join Berlusconi to attack Italy’s Forest Police shake-up

      The friars at the Sacred Convent of Saint Francis of Assisi, who pursue lives of “poverty, chastity and obedience” in the...

    2. April 1, 2015

      Italian deals point to reformist zeal

      At first glance, recent high-profile corporate events in Italy — tyremaker Pirelli’s €7bn sale to ChemChina, oil group Eni’s...

    3. March 11, 2015

      Berlusconi acquittal backed by Italy’s highest court

      Italy’s highest court handed Silvio Berlusconi a big legal victory, confirming his acquittal on charges of sex with an...

    4. March 10, 2015

      Silvio Berlusconi faithful hope for political revival

      Silvio Berlusconi was uncharacteristically restrained as he served his last day of a year-long sentence of community service...

    5. February 27, 2015

      Antonello Fava, Italian coastguard

      Lieutenant Antonello Fava, one of the 11,000 Italian coastguards who every day patrol an area of ocean twice as big as the...

    6. February 1, 2015

      Presidential coup returns Florentine swagger to Matteo Renzi

      Operation “Mattarella” could not have gone any better for Matteo Renzi, Italy’s youthful, reform-minded, centre-left prime...

    7. January 26, 2015

      Renzi faces political test over choice of next Italian president

      Italy’s presidential contenders Matteo Renzi is facing the biggest test of his political power and acumen since taking over...

    8. January 20, 2015

      Italian cabinet approves bank reform bill

      Italy’s midsized popolari banks would be transformed into joint stock companies over the next 18 months under a bill...

    9. January 13, 2015

      Italy’s president Napolitano prepares to step down

      Giorgio Napolitano is set to resign as Italy’s president, setting the stage for a high-stakes round of negotiations among...

    10. January 5, 2015

      The west has lost intellectual self-confidence

      For the first half of my life, international politics was defined by the cold war. The fall of the Berlin Wall ended that...

    11. December 28, 2014

      Keep calm in the face of European populism

      Europe faces a busy electoral calendar in 2015. Parliamentary elections are scheduled in Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Poland,...

    12. December 21, 2014

      Renzi’s reform dream comes up against a corruption nightmare

      Matteo Renzi was hoping to end the year on a high note. The contentious labour market reforms that had preoccupied the...

    13. December 18, 2014

      Italy’s Giorgio Napolitano says departure is ‘imminent’

      Giorgio Napolitano announced his “imminent departure” as Italy’s president on Thursday, bringing a new dose of political...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. December 3, 2014

      Matteo Renzi taps Andrea Guerra as senior adviser

      Matteo Renzi, the Italian prime minister, has tapped Andrea Guerra, the former chief executive of Luxottica, as a senior...

    17. November 28, 2014

      The Pope is wrong – ageing Europe’s ideas have life in them yet

      A malaise has settled over Europe’s politicians, and it took the first non-European Pope of modern times to put it into...

    18. November 25, 2014

      Renzi’s labour reforms clear hurdle in Italy’s parliament

      Matteo Renzi’s signature labour market reforms cleared a key hurdle in the Italian parliament on Tuesday, in a show of...

    19. November 24, 2014

      Italy regional elections deliver warning to Renzi

      A resurgence of the populist Northern League and a sharp fall in turnout in Italy’s regional elections pointed to a growing...

    20. November 12, 2014

      Italy’s Post-it premier hopes reforms stick

      Matteo Renzi, Italy’s youthful and reform-minded prime minister, has been dubbed il rottamatore or “the scrapper”, for the...

    21. The World

      November 11, 2014

      Napolitano stands tall among Italy's selfish politicians

      For the past 15 years, there has been little good to say about Italy’s economic performance, and even less about the quality...

    22. 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...

    23. October 9, 2014

      Victory for Matteo Renzi as Italy’s Senate backs labour reforms

      Matteo Renzi, Italy’s prime minister, sought to mend fences within his own party after scoring his biggest parliamentary...

    24. September 28, 2014

      Matteo Renzi faces battle over labour reform

      Matteo Renzi, Italy’s reform-minded prime minister, was greeted with a stern warning on his arrival in Italy after a...

    25. 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...

    26. The A-List

      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,...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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,...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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