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  • Italy plans ‘golden rule’ to limit budget deficits

    News | Euro & Finance 07-09-2011

    Rome pledged on Tuesday (6 September) to hike value added tax and insert a balanced budget amendment into its constitution to limit debt, drawing praise from the European Commission while thousands marched in protest against austerity measures.

  • Italy under market pressure as austerity plan falters

    News | Euro & Finance 06-09-2011

    In a clear sign of rising market worries, the premium investors demand to buy Italian bonds rather than benchmark German debt widened on Monday (5 September), moving Italy firmly to the centre of the eurozone crisis. Meanwhile, the Italian parliament begins debating a much-criticised austerity package today.

  • Italy’s austerity plan ‘weak and inadequate’

    News | Elections 02-09-2011

    Despite the Italian finance minister's reassurances that a crackdown on tax evasion will provide enough revenue to replace the levy on high earners dropped from Rome's austerity package, employers' group Confindustria has labelled the government's plan "weak and inadequate" and expressed concern about how Italy's economic problems are being handled.

  • Italy’s turmoil adds to economic woes

    News | Elections 04-08-2011

    Italy’s political crisis scaled new heights yesterday (3 August) as European institutions voiced confidence in the under-fire markets of the country, whose fragility is threatening the entire euro zone.

  • EU court strikes Berlusconi’s media empire

    News | Competition 29-07-2011

    The European Court of Justice confirmed yesterday (28 July) that the Italian switchover from analogue to digital TV has been illegally subsidised, favouring the channels of Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. A mammoth reimbursement is now due by his Mediaset media empire.

  • Internal border controls in the Schengen area: Much ado about nothing?

    Opinion | Med & South 29-06-2011

    The revision of the EU's border-free Schengen zone prompted by Nicolas Sarkozy and Silvio Berlusconi's reaction to the wave of immigration from North Africa will probably be a minor one, argues Yves Pascouau. But he says there are legitimate concerns regarding the apparent acceptance that the free movement of people can be limited and even dismantled.

  • Italians slam Berlusconi in referenda

    News | Elections 14-06-2011

    Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi suffered a humiliating defeat yesterday (13 June) as Italians turned out in large numbers to vote in referenda which he had encouraged them to boycott.

  • Berlusconi set to lose Milan powerbase

    News | Elections 30-05-2011

    Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right coalition risks losing its northern power base of Milan to the left for the first time in 18 years when voting in local election run-offs ends today (30 May).

  • Rights and obligations for restoring solidarity in Europe

    Opinion | Social Europe & Jobs 13-05-2011

    Former Italian Prime Minister Massimo D'Alema calls on Nicolas Sakozy and Silvio Berlusconi to stop stoking the flames of anti-immigrant sentiment and urges Europe to restore solidarity with emigrant countries facing difficult economic and political circumstances.

  • Schengen under pressure: The Commission defends the EU’s role

    Opinion | Med & South 10-05-2011

    The European Commission's proposed changes to the Schengen rules would not lead to any 'renationalisation' of borders and the EU would retain authority as to when internal border checks are reinstated, argues Yves Pascouau of the European Policy Centre.

  • France, Italy call for Schengen Treaty re-write

    News | Justice & Home Affairs 27-04-2011

    French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi yesterday (26 April) asked Brussels to make changes to the treaty establishing the Schengen border-free area. The proposed changes strengthen the hand of member countries and undermine the role of the European Commission.

  • Sarkozy, Berlusconi to propose Schengen ‘upgrade’

    News | Justice & Home Affairs 26-04-2011

    Italy and France will today (26 April) discuss changing rules that scrap border checks between EU countries, as French President Nicolas Sarkozy visits Rome seeking to ease tensions over North African immigration following the Arab revolutions.