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31/08/2016

Italy’s 5 Star Movement overtakes Renzi’s Democrats in opinion polls

Location: Italy


Global Europe 30-08-2016

6,500 migrants rescued off coast of Libya in one day

Around 6,500 migrants were rescued off the coast of Libya on Monday (30 August), the Italian coastguard said, in one of its busiest days of life-saving in recent years.
Med & South 24-08-2016

EU provides Italy with satellite maps of earthquake damage

The EU has pledged to provide whatever help Rome requests in the wake of an overnight earthquake in central Italy which has so far claimed at least 38 lives.
Global Europe 24-08-2016

Greece asks EU to do more on migrant relocation

Greece has asked the European Union to speed up the relocation to other member states of migrants and refugees in the country under a plan agreed last year to ease pressure on frontline countries Greece and Italy.
Global Europe 23-08-2016

Italy: Germany to accept hundreds of migrants to boost EU program

Germany has agreed to take in hundreds of migrants who are blocked in Italy in a move that might revive the European Union's failed relocation program, Italy's Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said on Tuesday (23 August).
UK & Europe 22-08-2016

Italy calls for reboot as EU big three mull Brexit wreckage

The European Union needs a reboot in the wake of Britain's vote to leave, Italy's prime minister said Monday (22 July) as he prepared to meet his French and German counterparts to discuss the fallout from Brexit.
Global Europe 17-08-2016

Swiss-Italian frontier becomes flashpoint in Europe's migrant crisis

Nine months pregnant and desperate to cross from Italy into Switzerland after fleeing Ethiopia, a young woman along with her husband are among hundreds stranded by a Swiss border clampdown that is drawing international scrutiny.
16-08-2016

Italy to seek new EU deal to keep economy on track

Italy is to seek a new deal with the European Union to allow it to kickstart its stalling economy with an expansionary 2017 budget, a government minister said on Saturday (13 June).

EU agency: Number of migrants arriving in Italy rises 12% in July

More than 25,000 migrants arrived in Italy in July, 12 percent more than in the same period last year, EU border agency Frontex said on Friday (12 August).
Elections 09-08-2016

Renzi concedes he made a 'mistake' to personalise Italy's constitutional referendum

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Tuesday (9 August) it had been a mistake to personalise a referendum, due to be held later this year, in which he originally promised to resign if he failed to convince voters to support the need for constitutional change.
Euro & Finance 04-08-2016

JPMorgan Chase planned to buy Italy's troubled Monte Paschi

JPMorgan Chase wanted to buy troubled Italian rival BMPS but abandoned the plan over fears it would be vetoed by US regulators and opposed in Italy, people close to the deal told AFP on Wednesday (3 July).
Global Europe 03-08-2016

Renzi: ‘Italian judges do not answer to Erdogan’

Rome and Ankara bickered yesterday (2 August) over an Italian investigation into accusations that Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan's son Bilal laundered money.
Global Europe 03-08-2016

UK lawmakers slam EU response to migrant crisis

The European Union's response to the surge in migrant arrivals has been "lamentable", a committee of British lawmakers said Wednesday (3 August), slamming the bloc as unprepared to deal with the crisis.
Euro & Finance 30-07-2016

No clean bill of health for EU banks in stress test

Banks from Italy, Ireland, Spain and Austria fared worst in the latest European Union stress test, which the region's banking watchdog said on Friday showed there was still work to do in order to boost credit to the bloc's economy. Eight years since the collapse of Lehman Brothers sparked a global banking meltdown, many of Europe's …

Euro & Finance 29-07-2016

Italy and Spain lead the fight to conquer UK-based EU agencies

In the aftermath of the Brexit vote, Rome and Madrid are leading the race to gain the right to host influential EU agencies, while Croatia, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Romania and Slovakia could remain empty-handed.
UK & Europe 27-07-2016

May cautious on route to Brexit as Rome urges clear timeline

UK Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday (27 July) said Britain would take the time needed to steer its way towards the EU exit as Italian counterpart Matteo Renzi urged a clear timeline to deliver Brexit.
Euro & Finance 27-07-2016

EU readies contingency plan for possible Monte Paschi wind down

European Union authorities are making contingency plans for the possible winding down of Banca Monte dei Paschi if the Italian lender has a poor reading in stress tests this week and no private or public support is available, an EU official said.
Euro & Finance 27-07-2016

Italy and Spain test EU’s 'intelligent' use of economic rules

The European Commission is expected to fine Spain on Wednesday (26 July), but it will give two extra years to Madrid to adjust its budget - while the commissioners pledge a solution for Italian banks that will protect small investors.
Future EU 19-07-2016

Barcelona Mayor: 'Rebel' cities must tackle Brussels on refugee crisis

Barcelona's mayor, Ada Colau, has criticised Brussels' response to situations like the refugee crisis and denounced the EU for being "interest-based", calling for a network of cities to be set up to “better represent the people”. EurActiv Spain reports.
Future EU 12-07-2016

Boschi: Italian constitutional reform and EU reform are equally needed

On a visit to Brussels, Italy's Maria Elena Boschi received a show of support from the major political groups in the European Parliament and from the Commission, ahead of the do-or-die referendum in October on constitutional reform.
UK & Europe 12-07-2016

Goebel: Brexit should mean 'fewer Commissioners'

Putting the brakes on further EU enlargement, and a more core approach to Europe: these are two of the ideas proposed by Lutz Goebel, the president of the association of family-owned German businesses. EurActiv’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Elections 12-07-2016

Europeans fear that refugee influx raises terror threat

A majority of Europeans fear the recent refugee influx will heighten the risk of terrorist attacks and cost their countries jobs and social benefits, and create further problems with the integration of Muslims, said a survey released yesterday (11 July) by the Pew Research Center.
Global Europe 12-07-2016

New EU border guard plans migration 'stress tests'

The European Union’s new border and coast guard agency is developing migration 'stress tests', based on the system used to evaluate the resilience of banks to economic shocks, in a bid to stop future refugee crises in the passport-free Schengen zone.
Global Europe 07-07-2016

Super-Frontex approved, acclaimed and decried

The European Parliament endorsed today (7 July) the Commission's proposal to establish a European Border and Coast Guard Agency, beefing up the existing Frontex, a move acclaimed by the major political groups, but decried by the Greens and the leftist GUE/NGL because of its new powers.
Elections 07-07-2016

Italy's 5 Star Movement overtakes Renzi's Democrats in opinion polls

Fresh from its successes in last month's local ballots, the anti-establishment 5 Star Movement (M5S) is now Italy's most popular party and would easily win if a national election were held today, three opinion polls showed this week.