Silvio Berlusconi said yesterday (9 January) that Italy must not leave the euro but his main coalition partner immediately disagreed, underlining policy differences in the centre-right bloc which is expected to take most seats in an election in March.
Italy's main political forces began in earnest on Sunday (7 January) to plot strategies for the upcoming general election, as the country's finance minister raised a red flag over political uncertainty in the eurozone's third largest economy.
A court in Sicily has suspended the results of an internal primary ballot by the anti-establishment 5 Star Movement, potentially disrupting its bid to win control of the island in an election in November.
Italy's centre-right parties were the big winners in mayoral elections on Sunday (25 June), partial results showed, in a vote likely to put pressure on the centre-left government ahead of national elections due in less than a year.
Rome's scandal-plagued Mayor, Virginia Raggi, a prominent member of the anti-establishment 5 Star Movement, has asked the government not to send any more asylum seekers to the capital, saying it is already groaning under the strain.
Italy's anti-system 5-Star Movement looked set to suffer a severe setback in local elections on Sunday (11 June), failing to make the run-off vote in almost all the main cities up for grabs, early results and exit polls said.
Italy's central bank warned today (31 May) that leaving the eurozone would not solve the country's economic problems, as two major parties campaign to drop the common currency before an election that may come as soon as this autumn.
As NATO leaders prepare to meet next week in Brussels, US President Donald Trump will likely ruffle a few feathers if he brings the ‘America first’ dialectic into the meeting and wreaks havoc within the Alliance.