About: Enrico Letta

Politics 28-01-2022

Persisting deadlock brings Italy’s presidential election back to square one

One by one, all the names in the Italian presidential race whispered in Rome's halls of power have relentlessly been dashed.
Politics 24-01-2022

Six key things to know ahead of the Italian presidential race

Lawmakers and delegates from regional administrations have gathered in Rome to elect Italy's president of the next seven years, as Sergio Mattarella's office is formally due to expire on 3 February.
Elections 12-03-2021

Ex-PM Letta volunteers to lead Italy’s Democratic Party

Former Italian prime minister Enrico Letta on Friday (12 March) announced his candidacy as leader of the centre-left Democratic Party (PD), the second biggest party in Mario Draghi's new national unity government.
Future EU 18-04-2020

Will Italy’s coronavirus epidemic fuel the far right?

Italy is staring down the barrel of the worst recession since World War II, which could bolster the far-right and damage the country's love affair with the European Union, analysts say.
Elections 12-08-2019

Salvini’s quest for snap Italian election faces hurdles

Lega chief Matteo Salvini's call for snap Italian elections after he turned on his own coalition partner faced mounting resistance on Sunday (11 August), with both his former 5-Star ally and the centre-left opposition seeking to put the brakes on.
EU Elections 2019 29-01-2019

Enrico Letta: Are pro-EU forces ready for the anti-EU’s main election theme?

Former Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta said on Monday (28 January) that EU politicians should be prepared to address the issue of migration, as anti-EU forces are set to make it their number one item in the upcoming elections.
Future EU 09-04-2018

Defending the rule of law in the EU

Protecting the rule of law in Europe must involve a more gradual processes than the radical measures tools currently available, according to a study by the Jacques Delors institute.EURACTIV.fr reports

Senior Arab diplomat derides EU migrant discourse

A distinguished Arab diplomat remarked that EU politicians and think tank representatives did not make use of keywords such as “Iraq” or “Islam” while discussing the Union’s relations with its neighbours and the refugee crisis for several hours.
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.
EU Priorities 2020 27-01-2017

Madrid and Rome revive bilateral ties to address European challenges

The prime ministers of Spain and Italy, Mariano Rajoy and Paolo Gentiloni, met on Friday (27 January) for the first time in four years, in a bid to bring fresh impetus to high-level cooperation between the two countries. Euractiv Spain reports.

Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, former Italian president and premier, dies

Former Italian president, prime minister and central bank governor Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, who played a key role in guiding the country into the European single currency, has died, the government said on Friday (16 September).
Economy & Jobs 14-09-2016

Letta: EU leaders must leave ‘business as usual’ at home before going to Bratislava

In Bratislava this week, EU heads of state and government should show clear resolve that they are departing from business as usual, and President of the Commission Jean Claude Juncker should raise the bar, said Enrico Letta in a Citizens’...
Elections 07-04-2014

Katainen seeks top EU job

The race for the European Union's leadership has turned murkier, with the news that Finland's prime minister is stepping down to seek a European role, while France is touting its ex-finance minister as its nominee for a European Commission post.
Future EU 04-04-2014

Brussels has become a Moloch, says Letta

Former Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta said yesterday (3 April) that it was important to show to European citizens that the EU is not Brussels, adding that the former system of holding summits in the capitals holding the rotating presidency of the Union was better than the current system of having all summits take place in Brussels.
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Barroso: Renzi is a committed European

After Italy's Prime Minister Enrico Letta resigned on Friday after his Democratic Party (PD) called for him to step aside to make way for a new government, President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso said that the EU executive “ remains confident in Italy's willingness and capacity to pursue its reform and consolidation efforts.”
Elections 13-02-2014

Letta feels the heat from ambitious rival

Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta defied pressure to resign yesterday (12 February) to let centre-left leader Matteo Renzi form a government, saying anyone who wanted him out must say so openly and outline what they would do in his place.
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Global Europe 19-12-2013

Letta: Banking union is a big step forward for Europe

As EU leaders gather in Brussels for the last EU summit of the year, Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta said that agreeing on the much-awaited banking union deal is a 'big step forward' for Europe. The December EU Council Summit will have security and defence and the economic and monetary union as the main topics on the agenda. 
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Commission threatens Italy with legal action over mistreatment of migrants in Lampedusa

These images secretly filmed show migrants at a reception centre in the Italian island of Lampedusa. They are being sprayed for scabies after being forced to strip-naked in front of others. The release of the footage, shot by a Syrian refugee, has caused outrage across Europe. In Brussels, the Commission threatened the Italian government with legal action on Wednesday if poor conditions at reception centers don't improve.
Global Europe 03-10-2013

Italian government survives after weakened Berlusconi U-turns

Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta won a confidence vote in parliament on Wednesday (2 October) after Silvio Berlusconi, facing revolt in his own centre-right party, backtracked on threats to bring down the government.
Global Europe 02-10-2013

Italy’s government faces confidence vote as support for Berlusconi frays

Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta will today (2 October) seek support in the Italian parliament to continue at the head of a solid government next year, amidst increasing dissent within Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom party (PDL) against the former prime minister’s attempt to collapse Letta’s government.
Elections 30-09-2013

President Napolitano attempts to keep Italy away from new election

Italy's president, Giorgio Napolitano, began talks yesterday (29 September) to pull the country out of a new political crisis, attempting to undercut a move by former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to bring down the government and force new elections seven months after the last vote.

Berlusconi verdict rocks Italy’s governing coalition

A ruling by Italy's supreme court upholding a tax fraud conviction against former premier and centre-right leader Silvio Berlusconi has left the fate of the country's fragile ruling coalition resting in the balance.
Elections 30-07-2013

Italian leader chastises EU over handling of Greek crisis

Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta rebuked Europe for its handling of the Greek crisis on Monday (29 July), saying the harsh austerity imposed on Athens had deepened the recession and worsened unemployment across the continent.
Euro & Finance 07-06-2013

Berlusconi urges Letta to stand up to Merkel

In an interview with the political daily Il Foglio, Silvio Berlusconi urged Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta to seek a "test of strength" with Germany, saying budget austerity imposed by Berlin was killing Italian companies and putting the euro zone at risk.