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Future EU 03-01-2018

Hung parliament feared as Italy goes to vote on 4 March

Italy will vote on March 4 in an election expected to produce a hung parliament, instability and possible market turbulence in the eurozone's third largest economy.

Elections 25-09-2017

New leader of Italian populists touts EU reform, not exit

Luigi Di Maio, the brand new head of Italy's populist 5-Star Movement (M5S) and its prime ministerial candidate, said on Sunday (24 September) his party does not want to quit the European Union but change the rules.

Elections 23-08-2017

Deadly quake on Ischia exposes inaction on Italy’s illegal homes

A small but deadly earthquake on the Italian holiday island of Ischia exposed a deep political fault line yesterday (22 August) over the country's proliferation of unsafe, illegal housing.

Elections 26-06-2017

Italy’s centre-right wins big in mayoral elections

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.

Economy & Jobs 31-05-2017

Italy’s central bank warns against euro exit as election nears

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.

Future EU 29-05-2017

Renzi suggests next election be synchronised with Germany’s

Former prime minister Matteo Renzi suggested yesterday (28 May) that Italy's next election be held at the same time as Germany's, saying this made sense "from a European perspective".

Elections 24-03-2017

Italy’s Five Star keeps options open on euro referendum

The anti-establishment Five Star Movement, Italy's most popular political party, said yesterday (23 March) a referendum on the euro was not its top priority and that it hoped Europe would reform before a ballot could be arranged.

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 10-01-2017

ALDE rebuffs Italy’s 5 Star bid to join parliamentary group

The Liberals in the European Parliament have turned down a request from the anti-establishment 5 Star Movement to join their group, putting Italy's second-largest party in an awkward position as it had already left its former partners.

Italy aims to combat radicalisation in jails, deport more illegal migrants

Italy's government said yesterday (5 January) it would try harder to combat Islamist radicalisation in its prisons and on the internet as it defended plans to build more detention centres for migrants who have no right to stay in the country.

Protesting migrants took staff as hostages in Italian reception centre

Migrants, visibly of African sub-Saharan origin, barricaded staff inside a reception centre in northern Italy in a protest over living conditions there after the death of a young woman.

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.