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    1. June 26, 2016

      Brexit: Haunted Europe

      Weeks before Britain’s vote to leave the EU, Europe’s centre-right political party leaders gathered in Luxembourg to...

    2. June 22, 2016

      Renzi, the rottamatore of Italy, risks being left behind

      The defeat of Matteo Renzi’s Democratic party (PD) in Rome and Turin by the anti-establishment Five Star Movement gave...

    1. June 20, 2016

      The risky allure of Italy’s Five Star Movement

      The Five Star Movement is an anti-establishment party that has long threatened to change the landscape of Italian...

    2. June 20, 2016

      Italy’s mayoral elections deal stinging blow to Renzi

      “We are writing history,” proclaimed the Five Star Movement’s Virginia Raggi, Rome’s newly elected mayor and the first...

    3. June 20, 2016

      The Five Star mayoral victory is a blow to Italy’s Matteo Renzi

      As in other European democracies, local elections in Italy should not be relied upon as an accurate guide to national...

    4. June 19, 2016

      Italy’s mayoral elections pose challenge to Matteo Renzi

      In a run down car park in Bonola on the outskirts of Milan, Italy’s business and fashion capital, an all-white crowd...

    5. June 9, 2016

      Berlusconi goes from hustings to hospital

      Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s former prime minister and leader of the centre-right Forza Italia party, was smiling and...

    6. June 6, 2016

      Renzi must regain a zeal to reform for Italy’s sake

      Matteo Renzi has long been regarded as one of Europe’s more assured and charismatic leaders, with a tangible record of...

    7. June 6, 2016

      Renzi chastened after party falters in Italian municipal polls

      In his public career, Matteo Renzi, the Italian prime minister, has rarely — if ever — appeared as chastened as he did...

    8. June 6, 2016

      Romans deliver populist rebuke to ruling Democratic party

      Virginia Raggi of the populist Five Star Movement has comfortably won the first round of the race to be Rome’s mayor,...

    9. June 3, 2016

      Virginia Raggi serves up threat to Italy’s political establishment

      Virginia Raggi was cheerfully serving pizza last month to a packed house at the Giapasi restaurant in a middle-class...

    10. May 27, 2016

      Marco Pannella, party leader and rights campaigner, 1930-2016

      Detainees at the Sughere prison in the coastal Tuscan city of Livorno staged what appeared to be a small protest on...

    11. May 16, 2016

      Beppe Grillo risks damaging the Five Star Movement’s chances

      Two questions arise from the so-called joke that Beppe Grillo, founder of Italy’s anti-establishment Five Star...

    12. April 29, 2016

      Italian unemployment falls to 3-year low

      Italy’s unemployment rate fell to a three-year low in March, providing relief for Matteo Renzi, the centre-left prime...

    13. April 17, 2016

      Boost for Renzi as oil drilling poll fails

      Matteo Renzi received a political boost on Sunday night after the failure of a referendum to curb offshore drilling in...

    14. April 8, 2016

      Italy downgrades forecasts for 2016

      Italy expects to keep a pledge to reduce its debt ratio in 2016 for the first time in eight years, but only just,...

    15. April 8, 2016

      A change of Catholic tone towards the family

      Pope Francis has finally spoken on the Catholic Church’s position on the family, after two synods of bishops and a...

    16. March 16, 2016

      How Italy fell out of love with the EU

      Roberto Leoni, a barrel-chested prosciutto salesman in the wealthy northern Italian city of Parma, can trace his...

    17. March 7, 2016

      Renzi seeks to calm nerves over Libya intervention

      Matteo Renzi has sought to soothe Italians’ fears that Rome is about to embark on a reckless invasion of Libya, even as...

    18. February 17, 2016

      Renzi needs to sort out Italy’s struggling banks

      Two years into his term of office, Matteo Renzi, Italy’s prime minister, faces challenges on all fronts. His government...

    19. February 2, 2016

      Weak jobless figures heighten concerns about Italian recovery

      Weak jobs figures sparked off concern about Italy’s economic recovery, as data released on Tuesday dashed economists’...

    20. January 31, 2016

      Athens and Rome expose Europe’s greatest faultlines

      How should we think about systemic risk in Europe today? The EU has been moderately successful at crisis management....

    21. January 29, 2016

      Renzi-Merkel affair turns to partnership of convenience

      The high point in Angela Merkel’s relationship with Matteo Renzi may have come a year ago, when the youthful Italian...

    22. January 27, 2016

      Renzi’s short-term fix to the banking challenge in Italy

      Italy’s financial system produces too many bankers and not enough credit, Matteo Renzi has long argued. The deal the...

    23. January 18, 2016

      Matteo Renzi sharpens his rhetorical barbs at Brussels

      When Matteo Renzi visited Berlin last July he delivered a subtle warning to the assembled crowd at Humboldt university...

    24. December 29, 2015

      Italy’s Five Star Movement wants to be taken seriously

      When the populist Five Star Movement burst into Italian politics in 2009 during the financial crisis, it was defined by...

    25. December 22, 2015

      Financial Times interview: Matteo Renzi

      On Monday morning, the Financial Times interviewed Matteo Renzi, the Italian prime minister, in his office at Palazzo...

    26. December 21, 2015

      Eurozone austerity fanning populist flames, says Renzi

      Matteo Renzi, Italy’s centre-left prime minister, has warned that German-driven eurozone austerity policies are fanning...

    27. December 10, 2015

      Renzi’s muddled stance on Italian tax evasion

      The size of Italy’s shadow economy has long been one of the biggest obstacles to the country’s modernisation. The...

    28. December 9, 2015

      Le Pen aside, Europe’s populist parties are floundering

      It may seem tempting, after the far-right National Front’s success in France’s regional elections last weekend, to...

    29. December 1, 2015

      Italy citizenship law faces backlash in wake of Paris attacks

      Italy’s Senate will on Tuesday begin debating a new law that would make it easier for second generation immigrants to...

    30. November 15, 2015

      Italy’s economic recovery is not what it seems

      Yoram Gutgeld last week made one of the most astonishing economic statements I have heard in a long time. The adviser...

    31. November 11, 2015

      Italy’s finance minister defends Rome against budget criticism

      Pier Carlo Padoan, Italy’s finance minister, defended his government against criticism that its 2016 budget is too...

    32. October 29, 2015

      Rome’s mayor reverses his resignation

      His resignation nearly three weeks ago was supposed to draw a line under a Roman circus of corruption and...

    33. October 8, 2015

      Pietro Ingrao, Italian communist and parliamentary speaker, 1915-2015

      As the Soviet tanks rolled into Hungary in the autumn of 1956, Pietro Ingrao, the editor of Italy’s communist newspaper...

    34. October 7, 2015

      Rome needs radical surgery and the mayor wants to operate

      The scene was right out of a big-budget feature film about the mafia. Crowds of tearful mourners grieving the death of...

    35. August 12, 2015

      New World of Work: Italy’s Renzi seeks to create new middle

      Giovanna Zambelli burst into tears of joy when her boss told her she might be transferred from a short-term to a...

    36. August 9, 2015

      Former Italian minister probed over €200m Chinese energy projects

      A former Italian environment minister is under investigation over whether any illegality was involved in his handling...

    37. July 30, 2015

      Renzi needs to sharpen his rapier of reform

      A year ago, Italy’s prime minister Matteo Renzi gave an interview to the Financial Times — his first with a foreign...

    38. July 17, 2015

      Lunch with the FT: Beppe Grillo

      The terrace of a private golf club on Sardinia’s Emerald Coast feels like an unlikely spot to meet one of Europe’s...

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