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23/01/2017

Obama embraces Merkel in Germany visit, wishes EU to stand united

People: Matteo Renzi


Elections 23-01-2017

Italy reviews new electoral law as old problems pile up

After a turbulent first month in office, Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni could learn this week how much longer his government might last when the constitutional court reviews the validity of Italy's election law.
Public Affairs 04-01-2017

Does corruption threaten Europe?

Current debate rarely attributes the rise of populism in European politics to the perceived prevalence of corruption. Yet public opinion often shows that citizens believe their representatives to be corrupt, write Laurence Cockcroft and Anne-Christine Wegener.
Global Europe 02-01-2017

Europe dominates EU leaders’ New Year messages

From German Chancellor Angela Merkel to British Prime Minister Theresa May, Europe and the bloc’s fight on terrorism featured high on EU leaders’ New Year greetings.
Elections 14-12-2016

Populist earthquakes make 2017 the great unknown

Donald Trump and Brexit: 2016 was a year of populist earthquakes on both sides of the Atlantic, spelling huge uncertainty for upcoming European elections and the direction of US policy.
Elections 13-12-2016

Italy 'strong, optimistic' as new cabinet sworn in

Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni's new cabinet was officially sworn in yesterday (12 December) as the eurozone's third largest economy raced to reassure Europe its political crisis was over.
Elections 12-12-2016

Renzi ally Gentiloni named as Italy's new PM

With a brewing banking crisis as a backdrop, Paolo Gentiloni was named Italy's new prime minister on Sunday (11 December), filling a void left by close ally Matteo Renzi, who quit after a crushing referendum defeat.
Euro & Finance 08-12-2016

Economist: 'Italian reforms will come to standstill'

Italy's dismissal of Matteo Renzi's reform package sent a clear signal to the other member states that Rome is incapable of solving its economic woes alone, researcher Dr Paweł Tokarski said in interview with the SWP.
Elections 08-12-2016

Renzi resigns, Italian president to consult with parties

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi resigned yesterday (7 December) after a bruising referendum loss at the weekend, with most parliamentary factions pushing for an early election in a few months' time.
07-12-2016

The Brief: Merkel plays hardball to win over right-wingers

Angela Merkel has admitted that the election year ahead of her is going to be the toughest one she's ever faced. That says a lot; it'll be her fourth run at the chancellery.
Global Europe 07-12-2016

Commission questioned on possibility of Mogherini becoming Italian PM

Commission chief spokesperson Margaritis Schinas took a question yesterday (6 December) on the consequences of the possible appointment of Mogherini as Prime Minister of Italy, following the resignation of Matteo Renzi.
Elections 07-12-2016

Italy leaning towards early 2017 election

Consensus is growing among the leaders of Italy’s political parties that a general election should be held in early 2017 - but a reform of the country's electoral law must be passed first.
Elections 06-12-2016

Renzi on ice: What happens next

Sunday's Italian referendum (4 December) ended up claiming the scalp of the peninsula’s Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, after he pledged to resign if the country voted no to his reforms. But what happens now? EurActiv’s partner Italia Oggi reports.
Elections 06-12-2016

Alfano: New Italian election likely in February

Italy could have an election as early as February, a minister in Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's outgoing government said on Tuesday (6 December), speaking after talking to Renzi.
Elections 06-12-2016

Euro gains as Italian vote goes as expected by traders

The euro jumped against the US dollar on Monday (5 December) after Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's loss in a referendum over constitutional reform, a defeat that traders had widely expected.
Elections 06-12-2016

Merkel's CDU prepares for 'toughest' election

Chancellor Angela Merkel will rally her conservatives at a party conference today (6 December) to gird for a German election next year that she expects to be "tough like no other".
Euro & Finance 05-12-2016

Eurogroup ignores Commission’s expansionary fiscal target

Some eurozone members have expressed their willingness to invest more but did not take on board the executive’s proposal for a common positive fiscal stance to boost the bloc’s recovery, at a Eurogroup meeting held today (5 December).
05-12-2016

The Brief: 1-0 to the Europhiles

Politics is bigger than football in the Brussels Bubble. Even on a weekend that boasted Roma vs Lazio and Real Madrid vs Barcelona.
Elections 05-12-2016

Renzi resignation opens new era of uncertainty for Europe

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said he will resign after losing a key referendum on constitutional reform, plunging the country into political turmoil and the EU in further uncertainty.
02-12-2016

The Brief: Hollande's moral courage sets EU an example

President François Hollande had the guts and good sense to realise he wasn’t up to the job and quit the race to lead France last night.
Future EU 02-12-2016

Italian senator: The 'EU is very discredited in Italy'

On Sunday (4 December), Italy will hold a constitutional referendum that may usher in the country’s first populist, Eurosceptic government. EurActiv Poland spoke to Senator Paolo Guerrieri about the significance of the vote.

Eurozone unemployment falls below 10%

Unemployment in the eurozone has fallen below the symbolic mark of 10% for the first time since April 2011, EU data showed on Thursday (1 December).
25-11-2016

The Brief: Renzi's Roman roulette referendum

Italians have the chance to give Matteo Renzi, their prime minister, a bloody nose in less than two weeks when he holds his reform referendum.
Elections 22-11-2016

San Marino suffers its own election upset

Protest parties are garnering more and more support across Europe. Even one of the world's smallest countries, San Marino, is not exempt from the trend. EurActiv Germany reports.
Global Europe 18-11-2016

Obama embraces Merkel in Germany visit, wishes EU to stand united

US President Barack Obama gave a strong endorsement of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and used a visit to Berlin yesterday (17 November) to warn Russia about consequences for intervening in the US election and prod Donald Trump to hold firm against Moscow.