About: Italy

Elections 17-01-2020

Italy’s constitutional court rejects League’s bid to change electoral law

Italy's Constitutional Court on Thursday (16 January) rejected a request by the hard-right League party to hold a referendum to introduce a first-past-the-post electoral system, triggering the ire of League chief Matteo Salvini and relief in government ranks.

Italy smashes mafia racket defrauding EU agriculture funds

Italian police arrested 94 people in pre-dawn raids on Wednesday (15 January) as part of an investigation into an alleged Mafia scam that defrauded European Union agriculture funds of millions of euros. Prosecutors said they believed the fraud was orchestrated...
Global Europe 07-01-2020

Four top EU countries hold emergency talks on Iran, Libya crisis

Foreign ministers of Britain, France, Germany and Italy held emergency talks on Iran and Lybia in Brussels on Tuesday (7 January), as the EU continued struggling to find a united response to the two escalating crises in its neighbourhood.
Economy & Jobs 07-01-2020

Eurozone growth driven by services, weighed down by industry slump

While the eurozone's private sector stagnated until December 2019, the manufacturing sector saw a prolonged slump. It is the services sector that continues to drive the Eurozone's growth. EURACTIV's partner La Tribune reports.
Economy & Jobs 30-12-2019

Italy delays presentation of plan to sell Monte Paschi stake

Italy will delay to early 2020 the presentation of a plan to sell its stake in Monte dei Paschi di Siena, the Treasury said on Sunday (29 December), as the bank struggles to shed bad loans.
Data protection 18-12-2019

Tensions over data privacy cast shadow over potential Greens-Five Star alliance

A leading Green MEP has hit out at Italy's 5 Star Movement (M5S) following the recent news that Facebook is investigating the party over potential data misuse, bringing further doubt to the possibility of the party joining forces with the Greens in the European Parliament.
05-12-2019

Eurogroup fails to move forward on eurozone reform

EU finance ministers failed to reach an agreement on Wednesday (4 December) on the reform of the EU's bailout fund and move to political discussions on the European Deposit Insurance Scheme ahead of the Euro summit next week.
Economy & Jobs 04-12-2019

Ministers set to advance Eurozone reform amid political turmoil in Italy and Germany

EU ministers gather Wednesday (4 December) in a bid to chart progress on the Eurozone reform ahead of the EU Council summit next week. However, recent political developments in Rome and Berlin may hinder talks on the matter.
Economy & Jobs 03-12-2019

Italy’s Conte rebukes opposition as debate over ESM reform heats up

Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte called upon the right-wing opposition to act responsibly in talks over the reform of the eurozone bailout fund, the European Stability Mechanism (ESM).
Agrifood 21-11-2019

Italy’s young farmers: Networking to make revenues

The number of young people entering the agriculture sector is increasing, but there are many problems to be addressed. Networking is a good way to overcome them. EURACTIV's partner Agronotizie reports.
Economic governance 21-11-2019

EU concerned over France, Italy and Spain debts

Reduction of public debt should be the main priority for France, Italy, and Spain, which have "failed to put their finances in order" during the economic upswing of recent years, the European Commission warned on Wednesday (20 November) at the presentation of the autumn fiscal package.

European police bust gang looting artifacts in Italy

European police have busted an international crime gang involved in trafficking tens of thousands of Greek archaeological artefacts looted from illegal excavations in Italy, law enforcement agencies said Monday (18 November).

Asylum-seekers in Greece, Italy hotspots face ‘years of limbo’

Asylum-seekers crowded into "hotspots" in Greece and Italy face limbo that can drag on for years because of legal bottlenecks and poorly performing EU schemes, a report said Wednesday (13 November).
Klaus Regling, CEO of the European Stability Mechanism, at the Eurogroup, 19 June 2014 [Photo: Council of the EU]
Economy & Jobs 30-10-2019

Eurozone equipped to save big economies, says euro rescue fund chief

The European Stability Mechanism, the euro area’s rescue fund, would have enough firepower to save large economies if necessary, including Italy, the fund’s chief Klaus Regling said on Tuesday (29 October).
Economic governance 22-10-2019

Commission tells member states to adjust their economies further

The European Commission is putting the final touches to a number of letters to various national governments that are at risk of missing their fiscal targets for 2020. Brussels wants more information on how they intend to to balance their public finances.
Global Europe 17-10-2019

Trump tells Italy: Get rid of ‘EU burden’ and I will give you tariff discount

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday (16 October) said Washington was in talks with "some new people" in Europe about trade issues and he hoped the discussions would be successful, as Italy's president urged Trump to avoid counterproductive tariffs.
Global Europe 16-10-2019

Italy lets French migrant ship dock to anger of far right

Charity rescue ship Ocean Viking headed towards the southern Italian port of Taranto on Tuesday (15 October) after the government gave it authorisation to bring 176 migrants ashore in a decision that angered the far-right League.

Pressure grows on EU member states to agree migrant disembarkation scheme

The Council of Europe and NGOs have urged EU countries to agree on a "sustainable and predictable" mechanism for disembarking people rescued in the Mediterranean, ahead of an EU meeting of interior ministers.
Economy & Jobs 04-10-2019

The impact of US sanctions on European goods: a closer look

Scotch single malt whisky, German decals, Spanish stuffed olives, British cotton bed linen... These products have one thing in common: the US plans to tax them at 25%. EURACTIV's partner Ouest-France reports.

The EU’s new migration policy is a gift to the far-right

Far from taking the refugee issue away from the far-right, the EU's new migration policy plan will simply hand the far-right a grievance it can exploit for years to come, writes Faisal Al Yafai.
Elections 01-10-2019

Italy’s ruling parties call for lowering voting age to 16

Italy's coalition parties said on Monday (30 September) they were in favour of reducing the minimum voting age to 16, in a move which analysts said would increase the electorate by about 1 million people.
Economic governance 24-09-2019

French business expansion slows amid sluggish eurozone

France's private sector is growing at a slower rate and has reached the lowest level in the past four months, according to forecasts published by IHS Markit on Monday (23 September). For the eurozone, business expansion fell to the lowest level since June 2013. EURACTIV's partner La Tribune reports.

Five EU states agree migration deal, look for broader backing

Interior ministers from five European Union countries said on Monday (23 September) they had agreed a new scheme to distribute migrants saved from the Mediterranean in a deal aimed at relieving the pressure on southern EU states.
Global Europe 19-09-2019

Macron and Conte call for overhaul of EU migrant policy

The European Union must introduce a new, automatic system of taking in migrants saved from the Mediterranean, French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Wednesday (18 September) as as they sought to patch up bruised bilateral relations.

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