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Elections 11-10-2021

Italian police arrest far-right party officials after anti-vax riot

Italian police said on Sunday (10 October) they had arrested 12 people, including top officials of the extreme right-wing party Forza Nuova, following clashes in Rome against a government drive to make the COVID-19 "Green Pass" mandatory for all workers
Global Europe 04-10-2021

Supporters chant ‘freedom’ at Catalan leader’s extradition heading

Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont appeared in court on Monday in Sardinia where a judge will decide whether to extradite him to Spain to face sedition charges linked to Catalonia's 2017 failed independence bid.
Economic governance 04-10-2021

Draghi on quest to challenge EU rules and grow out of public debt

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi unveiled an ambitious Italian budget for 2022-2024 last week, with deficits above the limits set by the Stability and Growth Pact, in what appears to be a bet on a change in the EU’s fiscal rulebook.
Climate change 01-10-2021

‘We are listening’: Italy says leaders will heed young activists’ climate calls

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi pledged on Thursday (30 September) that world leaders would listen to the demands of young climate activists ahead of the United Nations COP26 summit in November, after a meeting in Milan with Greta Thunberg.
Elections 24-09-2021

Catalan separatist MEP Puigdemont arrested in Italy

Exiled former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont was arrested in Italy on Thursday (23 September), his lawyer and an aide said, four years after fleeing following an independence referendum that Madrid ruled unconstitutional.

Italy’s Draghi announces €3 billion package to keep energy prices down

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi on Thursday (23 September) announced measures worth three billion euros to keep gas and electricity bills down this winter as power prices soar across Europe.
Energy 22-09-2021

EU energy ministers meet to discuss power price surge

Energy ministers from European Union countries will on Wednesday (22 September) discuss the soaring price of gas and electricity across Europe, as some governments draw up measures to protect their consumers.
Digital & Media 21-09-2021

Italy launches national hub to fight disinformation

Italy launched its national hub to fight disinformation - the Italian Digital Media Observatory - at the University LUISS of Rome on Monday (20 September) as part of a European network of eight national hubs.
Health 17-09-2021

Italy makes COVID health pass mandatory for all workers, facing almost no opposition

The Italian government approved on Thursday (16 September) some of the strictest anti-COVID measures in the world, making it obligatory for all workers either to show proof of vaccination, a negative test or recent recovery from infection.
Energy 18-08-2021

EU solar power generation hits record high

Solar power supply in the European Union during June and July rose to a record high in 2021, accounting for 10% of total electricity produced in the region, a report by independent climate think-tank Ember said on Wednesday (18 August).
Global Europe 09-08-2021

Hundreds of migrants find safe port in Italy

More than 250 migrants disembarked in Sicily on Saturday (7 August) from an NGO rescue ship, while another vessel carrying around 550 people was given permission to land on the Italian island.
Elections 09-08-2021

Italy’s 5-Star Movement elects former PM Conte as leader

Italy's former Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has been officially elected leader of the 5-Star Movement, ending months of uncertainty and division since he was first asked to head up the troubled party in February.
Coronavirus 06-08-2021

Tourists caught short as Italy ushers in Covid ‘green pass’

"Do you have your green pass?" Visitors across Italy were being asked the question on Friday as new coronavirus rules for museums and indoor dining came into force -- with those answering 'no' left frustrated.
Climate change 05-08-2021

Human action blamed for most of Italy’s summer fires

More than 70 percent of fires that have swept Italy this summer are caused by human action, aided by climate change, a government minister said Thursday.
Climate change 04-08-2021

EU sends help to fight fires in Greece, Italy

Fire-fighting resources from EU nations are on their way to Greece, Italy, Albania and Northern Macedonia to help fight forest blazes, the EU crisis management commissioner said on Wednesday.

Italy government reaches accord on contested justice reform

The Italian government has reached an accord over a contested reform of the judicial system, a government spokesperson said on Thursday (29 July), apparently putting an end to weeks of friction in Mario Draghi multi-party coalition.
Climate change 27-07-2021

Southern Europe battles wildfires as north cleans up after floods

Wildfires burned in regions across southern Europe on Monday (26 July), fuelled by hot weather and strong winds, as some northern countries cleaned up after a weekend of torrential rain and flooding.
Aviation 16-07-2021

Italy reaches deal with EU for launch of Alitalia successor ITA

Italy has reached a deal with the European Commission over the launch of carrier Italia Trasporto Aereo (ITA), which will replace the loss-making, state-owned Alitalia, the Treasury said in a statement.
Health 12-07-2021

Italy erupts in celebration after Euro soccer triumph

Italians poured into streets and squares in massive numbers as the national soccer team beat England to win Euro 2020, celebrating a success widely seen as a rebound from the heartbreak failure of not qualifying for the last World Cup.
Economy & Jobs 12-07-2021

France pushes for 25% target for taxing multinationals’ super-profits

Countries should be able to tax a quarter of big multinationals' profits no matter where they are earned, France proposed on Saturday (10 July) at a G20 finance ministers meeting focused on overhauling the rules for cross-border corporate taxation.

Italy allows rescue ship with 572 migrants to dock

Italy on Thursday (8 July) authorised the Ocean Viking migrant rescue ship to dock in Sicily after the group urged EU members to allow 572 people picked up in the Mediterranean Sea over three days to be brought ashore.
Global Europe 07-07-2021

Italy prosecutors to probe Libya coastguards firing at migrants

Italian prosecutors said on Wednesday (7 July) they are seeking permission from the foreign ministry to launch a probe into footage purportedly showing the Libyan coastguard firing at a migrant boat in the Mediterranean. If approved, the criminal investigation would...

Italy breaks up fake EU COVID pass schemes

Italian police said on Saturday (3 July) they had broken up a number of online schemes offering to sell fake European Union digital COVID-19 status certificates or purported coronavirus vaccines.
Global Europe 23-06-2021

After Biden, Blinken back to Europe to shore up Western unity

Days after Joe Biden's first presidential trip abroad, Secretary of State Antony Blinken headed back to Europe Tuesday (22 June) to keep up the work of building Western unity against a rising China.