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    1. July 18, 2016

      Fury and despair at Italy’s fatal train crash

      Twenty minutes before noon on Tuesday July 12, a loud blast rang through an olive grove outside Corato, a town in the...

    2. July 12, 2016

      Weak growth is Italy’s fundamental problem

      Matteo Renzi is fighting on all fronts. A fragile economic recovery and the ongoing refugee crisis have fuelled public...

    1. July 5, 2016

      After Brexit, the EU’s faultlines run through Rome

      Europe’s faultline runs through Italy. Such was the candid opinion of one participant in a conference held last weekend...

    2. June 30, 2016

      Renzi needs a banking plan that will work

      Matteo Renzi’s government faces many serious challenges. It is contending with sluggish economic growth and a European...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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,...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. April 12, 2016

      Italy bank plan sets up fight on bankruptcy reforms

      Italy’s latest plan to rescue its struggling banking sector has drawn attention to the country’s antiquated bankruptcy...

    19. 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,...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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’...

    25. 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....

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. December 22, 2015

      Italy bank rescues spark bail-in debate as anger at Renzi grows

      In 2013, Sergio Picinotti, a 63-year-old unemployed man living with his elderly mother, invested much of their nest egg...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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