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Health 09-03-2020

Six die in Italy prison riot over anti-coronavirus measures

Six inmates were killed in a prison riot in Italy and guards were taken hostage at another jail, as unrest spread in prisons across the country over measures to contain the coronavirus, including restrictions on visits.
Elections 26-02-2020

Italy’s coronavirus outbreak spreads south, death toll rises

Italy's coronavirus crisis spread south on Tuesday (26 February) beyond its original epicentre in the north, as the death toll from the worst outbreak in Europe rose to 11 and the number of new cases jumped above 320, officials said.
Elections 27-01-2020

Emilia Romagna voters upset Salvini’s plan to trigger early elections

Italy's populist leader Matteo Salvini appeared to have failed in his bid to win a key regional election and topple the country's fragile coalition government, according to exit polls late Sunday (26 January).
Elections 23-01-2020

Italy’s Di Maio quits as 5-Star leader in blow to government

Luigi Di Maio stepped down on Wednesday (22 January) as leader of Italy's co-governing 5-Star movement, as it seeks to stem a wave of defections that threatens the government's parliamentary majority.
Elections 20-01-2020

Italian Sardines square off against Salvini ahead of crucial vote

The "Sardines" grassroots movement protesting against the populism of far-right Italian leader Matteo Salvini staged a mass rally in the northern city of Bologna on Sunday (19 January) ahead of a regional vote that could shake up national politics.
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.
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).
Elections 28-10-2019

Italy’s Salvini set for victory in Umbria local vote

A right-wing coalition is set for victory in an election on Sunday (27 October) in the central Italian region of Umbria, according to an exit poll, giving a boost to Matteo Salvini's League party.
Elections 30-08-2019

Orban commiserates with ‘fellow combatant’ Salvini

Hungary's nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orbán commiserated Thursday (29 August) with Italy's outgoing far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, calling him a "fellow combatant" in the fight for the "preservation of European Christian heritage and against migration".
Politics 30-08-2019

How Italy’s government deal was received in Brussels

After Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte was granted a mandate to form a new government with the Five Star Movement (M5S) and Democratic Party (PD), EURACTIV.com spoke with Italian MEPs from the parties involved in the summer political crisis to find out about the reaction in Brussels.
Politics 23-08-2019

Italy’s Mattarella gives parties extra time to solve political crisis

President Sergio Mattarella gave political parties until Tuesday to come up with proposals for a new government coalition, saying he will call fresh elections if they fail to find a solution to the current government crisis.
Politics 20-08-2019

Italy’s government crisis comes to the boil

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte will clear the air on the political crisis gripping his coalition as he is expected to announce his resignation today (20 August), opening a new period of political uncertainty for the eurozone's third-largest economy.
Global Europe 05-07-2019

Putin, visiting Italy, says wants Rome to help mend Moscow-EU ties

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday (4 July) he hoped Italy would battle to restore fully fledged relations between the European Union and Russia and help persuade the bloc's new leadership that sanctions on Moscow were counter-productive.
Politics 14-06-2019

Far-right wants to be involved in next Parliament’s power-sharing

Doubled in size compared to the last legislature, the newly formed nationalist group Identity and Democracy (ID) is now eager to capitalise on its success and get a share of high-level roles in the European Parliament’s Bureau and committees.
EU Elections 2019 04-06-2019

How strong is right-wing populism after the European elections?

Following the European elections, a new right-wing alliance will be formed in the European Parliament. EURACTIV Germany looks into how influential right-wing parties will actually be from now on.
Elections 04-06-2019

Italian PM Conte says he will resign if coalition squabbles persist

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said Monday (3 June) he was ready to resign unless the two parties in the governing populist coalition -- the League and the Five Star Movement -- stopped squabbling.
Politics 03-06-2019

Five Star Movement and Lega clash over cruise ship crash

A near tragedy in Venice on Sunday (2 June) has once again shown how Italy’s co-ruling parties are more and more at loggerheads after last week's EU elections shifted the government's balance of powers towards Matteo Salvini's far-right Lega party.
Elections 31-05-2019

5-Star members back Di Maio to stay after EU election rout

Italy’s anti-establishment 5-Star Movement on Thursday (30 May) resoundingly backed Luigi Di Maio to carry on as leader following a bruising defeat in European parliamentary elections. Di Maio got the backing of 80% of the 56,127 5-Star members who voted...
EU Elections 2019 27-05-2019

Salvini wins over Italy as Five Star Movement falls apart

After just one year in government, the balance of power between Italy's two ruling parties has been turned around: Lega doubled its score from last year's 17.35% to 33.6%, while  the Five Star Movement crumbled from 32.68% to 16.70%.
Politics 24-05-2019

#EU2019 – Italy: Testing the balance of power within ruling coalition

EU elections could make Italy's ruling Lega the biggest far-right party in the new European Parliament, elevating its leader, Matteo Salvini, to the status of a torchbearer for the populist camp. But they could also plunge the country in political turmoil.
EU Elections 2019 13-05-2019

Facebook takes down fake Italian accounts ahead of EU election

Facebook said on Sunday (12 May) it had taken down numerous Italian accounts on its platform that were false or were spreading fake news ahead of a European parliamentary election later this month.
EU Elections 2019 08-04-2019

Smileys and selfies: Europe’s far-right tries to end divisions

Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini sends texts with smileys to French far-right leader Marine Le Pen and posts selfies with Austrian far-right politician Heinz-Christian Strache.

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.
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