About: Italy

Economy & Jobs 01-04-2019

Brussels was right about Italy’s weak growth, Juncker says

It is an overstatement to claim that Italy’s debt constitutes a risk for global markets, but a zero-growth rate can only worsen Rome's problems, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said in an interview with state broadcaster RAI on Sunday (31 March).

Five arrested after Maltese military seizes tanker hijacked by migrants

Five men were arrested Thursday (28 March) after Maltese armed forces took control of a tanker that was hijacked by migrants off Libya and the ship docked in Malta.

Rights groups lambast Operation Sophia – the EU naval mission without ships

International rights advocates criticised the European Union on Wednesday (27 March) for abdicating its humanitarian responsibilities after the bloc agreed to withdraw ships patrolling the Mediterranean for migrants attempting the perilous voyage. After much wrangling, the EU agreed this week...

EU to end ship patrols in scaled down Operation Sophia

The European Union will cease the maritime patrols that have rescued thousands of migrants making the perilous Mediterranean Sea crossing from North Africa to Europe, but it will extend air missions, two diplomats said on Tuesday (26 March).
Competition 26-03-2019

EU tells China to rebalance relations as it’s no longer a developing nation

The leaders of France, Germany and the European Commission called on Tuesday (26 March) for more reciprocity in trade relations with China, in a sign that the EU no longer considers China a developing country and is increasingly concerned about its growing influence.
EU Elections 2019 25-03-2019

Former minister seeks to shape a progressive front in Italy

Carlo Calenda, a prominent liberal democrat affiliated to centre-left Partito Democratico (PD), wants his new platform 'Siamo Europei' to help create a single pro-EU list for the upcoming elections. EURACTIV.com spoke with him on the sidelines of his platform's manifesto launch in Brussels last week (19 March).
Economic governance 25-03-2019

Brussels ‘really worried’ about Italy’s slowing economy

The EU warned Sunday (24 March) of a new row brewing with Italy over its budget, barely a few months after both sides agreed on a hard-fought deal with Rome's disputed 2019 finances.
EU-China 25-03-2019

Oettinger calls for EU veto on Italy-China deal

Italy's participation in China's giant "Silk Road" infrastructure project sparked an outcry in Germany on Sunday (24 March), including a call for the European Union to block such deals with a veto.
5G 22-03-2019

5G not part of Italy-China agreement, Di Maio says

Chinese investments into the development of 5G communications networks are not included in the agreement between China and Italy set to be signed tomorrow, Italy's Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said on Thursday (22 March).
Politics 22-03-2019

Italy and France reconcile after Macron’s harsh late-night comments

French President Emmanuel Macron and Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte appeared to have found common ground on long-standing bilateral issues, overcoming the risk of another rift after Macron said Italy's attempts to discuss national problems on the sidelines of an EU summit were "a waste of time".
China 22-03-2019

China’s new Silk Road gets bumpy as Xi visits Italy

Chinese President Xi Jinping kicks off a whistlestop European tour in Rome on Friday (22 March) amid growing Western unease over Italy joining the ever-expanding Asian giant's new Silk Road project.

Italy’s Senate shields Salvini from trial over Diciotti case

Italy's Senate voted Wednesday (20 March) to block the trial of far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini for allegedly illegally confining migrants rescued at sea by an Italian coastguard ship last year.

NGO ship defies Salvini, takes migrants to Lampedusa

An Italian charity ship was escorted into the port of Lampedusa by police on Tuesday (19 March) after rescuing 49 Africans in the Mediterranean, with Interior Minister Matteo Salvini calling for the crew to be arrested.
China 18-03-2019

Mr Xi’s European tour is response to US-China rift

Since ascending to China’s top leadership, Xi Jinping has become well-known for his frequent overseas travels. Now that the annual session of the National People’s Congress is nearly over, the Chinese president can look forward to a busy international agenda, writes Philippe Le Corre.
Elections 13-03-2019

EU country briefing: Italy

Italy was a founding member of the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) in 1952, which paved the way for the EU. It joined the Schengen in 1997 and eurozone in 1999, despite not meeting the euro convergence criteria, and its economic performance has remained a source of concern.
Cybersecurity 13-03-2019

Commission pursues ‘bilateral and multilateral cooperation’ with China as MEPs express deep concern

The European Commission has set out a series of concrete actions to "deepen its engagement with China to promote common interests," the bloc's top officials said on Tuesday (12 March). However, MEPs voiced concerns over "embedded backdoors" in Chinese tech that may put personal data in the EU at risk.
Politics 08-03-2019

EXCLUSIVE: Leaked memo reveals China’s detailed plans in Italy

China plans to cooperate with Italy in the development of “roads, railways, bridges, civil aviation, ports, energy, and telecommunications” as part of Beijing's Belt and Road Initiative, a confidential 'memorandum of understanding' obtained exclusively by EURACTIV reveals.
China 07-03-2019

Italy to join China’s New Silk Road infrastructure plan

Italy is set to become the first member of the ‘Group of Seven’ most powerful nations to join China’s  infrastructure plan “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR), despite the heightened scrutiny of Beijing’s investment in Europe.
EU Elections 2019 04-03-2019

Italy’s Democratic Party leans left under new leader Zingaretti

Supporters of Italy's fractured centre-left opposition Democratic Party (PD) on Sunday (3 March) elected Nicola Zingaretti as new leader, an ex-communist son of a bank manager who will now take on the ruling populist coalition led by the far-right Lega.
Politics 19-02-2019

Far-right party seeks to kick EU out of Italian constitution

An Italian far-right party is aiming to change the national constitution as a means to reduce the influence of EU law over national legislation. Emanuele Bonini has the story for EUelectionsItaly.blog.
Global Europe 18-02-2019

Is Russia behind climate change protests in EU? ‘Definitely yes’, says Ukraine

Ukraine is sure that Russia actively supports the recent protests in EU countries against global warming, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin told a group of Brussels journalists on Monday (18 February).
EU Elections 2019 13-02-2019

Italy’s Conte calls for European populism, battles hostile MEPs

Europe has lost touch with its people, Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte told the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday (12 February), amid heavy criticism from MEPs.
Railways 13-02-2019

Italy’s 5-Star tries to undermine tunnel to France

Italy’s transport ministry insisted on Tuesday (12 February) that a planned railway tunnel underneath the Alps to France would be a waste of money, in what could ratchet up tensions between Rome and Paris.
EU Elections 2019 12-02-2019

Slovenia accuses Tajani, Salvini of World War II revisionism

Slovenia accused European Parliament president Antonio Tajani and Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini of historical revisionism Monday (11 February) over statements they made at a ceremony commemorating Italian victims of World War II massacres.

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