Italy

Southern Gas Corridor’s dubious contribution to energy security

Advertised by the EU as the silver bullet that will free Europe from its dependency on Russian gas, the Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) is highly unlikely to ensure energy security and might in fact end up channelling Russian gas, warns Xavier Sol.

Energy 24-02-2017

Top policymakers reassure Europe on Azeri gas deadline

The Southern Gas Corridor will start pumping gas from the Caspian Sea to Europe by 2020, its backers said yesterday (23 February), despite the risk of delays to this option for reducing dependence on Russia.

Economy & Jobs 23-02-2017

Brussels tells Italy to reduce fiscal gap or risk being fined

The European Commission warned Italy on Wednesday (22 February) it risked disciplinary action if it did not adopt promised measures to cut its deficit, adding to pressure on a government facing possible early elections and rising euro-sceptic sentiment.

Economy & Jobs 23-02-2017

Education: Europe’s problem child

Many EU member states are too slow to implement socio-political reforms in crucial sectors like education, according to a new study. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Italy slapped with air pollution lawsuit

ClientEarth launched legal action against Lombardy, Italy’s most polluted region, today (22 February). The NGO says this could be the first of several Italian suits.

Global Europe 22-02-2017

Tunisia underestimates imminent North Africa refugee crisis

Tunisia has signed agreements with the EU for the return of  illegal Tunisian immigrants and to host asylum seekers from other African countries. But Tunis is now denying those deals, writes Mourad Teyeb.

Elections 22-02-2017

Leftist rival to challenge Renzi as leader of Italy’s ruling party

Michele Emiliano, the leftist president of the southern region of Puglia, said on Tuesday he would challenge former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi for the leadership of Italy's ruling Democratic Party (PD), which faces a damaging split.

Future EU 21-02-2017

Hollande calls Versailles mini-summit on the future of the EU

French President François Hollande said yesterday (20 February) there would be a summit in Versailles with the leaders of Germany, Italy and Spain on 6 March to prepare reforms for the European Union ahead of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome on 25 March.

Elections 20-02-2017

Commission denies Juncker ready to resign

The European Commission has denied that President Jean-Claude Juncker could resign in March, as reported by La Repubblica.

Economy & Jobs 20-02-2017

Commission to warn Italy over rising debt

The European Commission will warn Italy on Wednesday (22 February) it could face EU disciplinary action for not reducing its huge public debt as required by EU laws, unless Rome delivers on deficit cutting measures as promised, an EU official said.

Euro & Finance 17-02-2017

EU’s Dombrovskis: Trump brings ‘concern’ to international financial regulation

European Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis is wary of US moves to deregulate the banking sector, saying the main lesson from the 2008 financial crisis is that international finance needs international rules. But he was positive about Greece’s fiscal adjustment and called on Athens and its lenders to give a “final push” to break the stalemate on the country's bailout programme.

Euro & Finance 16-02-2017

Cost of deadly quakes hits €23bn as Italy asks for EU aid

A series of deadly earthquakes that struck central Italy over the past six months has cost the country more than €23 billion, the nation's Civil Protection Agency said Wednesday (15 February).

Energy 15-02-2017

EU gets wake-up call as Gazprom eyes rival TAP pipeline

Gazprom's bid to tap into a pipeline meant to wean Europe off Russian gas threatens to undermine a pillar of European energy policy and slow plans to develop rival deposits in the eastern Mediterranean.

Elections 14-02-2017

Renzi calls leadership contest for his PD party

Former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi called yesterday (13 February) for a leadership contest in his ruling Democratic Party, opening the way for a showdown with his many enemies in the PD ahead of approaching national elections.

Elections 13-02-2017

EU citizens invited to join March for Europe in Rome

As the anniversary of the signing of the EU's founding treaties approaches, a group of over 300 European academics and personalities have endorsed an appeal to relaunch European integration, inviting members of civil society, scholars, youth and citizens to participate in a March for Europe in Rome on 25 March.

Global Europe 09-02-2017

UN’s Libya representative urges EU countries to reopen Tripoli embassies

The UN's representative in Libya, Martin Kobler, has revealed that the organisation intends to return to Tripoli "very soon" and urged European countries to do the same and reopen their embassies. Euractiv Spain reports.

Security 07-02-2017

Western Mediterranean countries plead for increased NATO presence

Defence ministers from France, Italy, Portugal and Spain have called on NATO to increase its presence in their part of the world. Euractiv Spain reports.

Global Europe 06-02-2017

Refugees returning to ‘tried and tested’ North African route

Compared to 2015, the number of refugees who tried to enter the European Union last year decreased significantly. Aktuálně reports. 

Elections 06-02-2017

Study: Most Europeans want ‘strong leaders’ to bring change

Most Europeans believe their country needs a strong leader who is “prepared to change the rules of the game”. The Germans are the one notable exception. Euractiv’s partner Ouest-France reports.

Italy sets up fund to help African countries stop migrants

Italy set up a fund to help African countries better seal their borders in a bid to keep migrants from boarding flimsy and often deadly rubber boats bound for Europe, its foreign minister said today (1 February).

Digital 01-02-2017

La Stampa: Exchanging journalists could reignite faith in EU

The economic crisis brought about a general malaise and Europe was used as a scapegoat, says Italian newspaper La Stampa's Marco Zatterin. However, exchange programmes for media professionals could be the key to revitalising EU reporting.

Euro & Finance 30-01-2017

Italy ups spending on earthquake clean-up, despite Commission deficit request

The Italian government will start to increase spending on emergency funds this week to deal with the earthquakes that have struck the country, independent of a European Commission request to reduce its structural deficit. EurActiv’s partner Milano Finanza reports.

Global Europe 30-01-2017

Southern EU leaders urge firm response to Trump

French President François Hollande urged Europe to form a united front and provide a "firm" response to US President Donald Trump, at a gathering Saturday of southern European Union leaders.

Digital 27-01-2017

Class Editori chief: The media forgot about the middle class

Italian newspapers have been struggling to keep up with new technologies during the country's eight-year recession,  Executive Editor-in-Chief of Class Editori Gabriele Capolino, told Christophe Leclerc.