The government is open to rediscuss a proposed tax on single-use plastics, out of concern for the country's world-leading packaging sector based in Emilia-Romagna where regional elections are scheduled in January.
At the end of a second round of talks on Wednesday (28 August), the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) announced they will attempt to form a new ruling coalition with the centre-left Democratic Party (PD), breaking the deadlock in Italy's attempt to form a new government.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte resigned on Tuesday evening (20 August), despite an eleventh-hour attempt by the far-right Lega party to defuse the crisis by withdrawing a motion of no-confidence against the government.
Lega chief Matteo Salvini's call for snap Italian elections after he turned on his own coalition partner faced mounting resistance on Sunday (11 August), with both his former 5-Star ally and the centre-left opposition seeking to put the brakes on.
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.
Italy's president is expected to ask a former International Monetary Fund official today (28 May) to head a stopgap government amidst political and constitutional turmoil, with early elections looking inevitable.
Senior members of Italy's vanquished Democratic Party yesterday (6 March) eyed a possible deal with the triumphant 5-Star Movement (M5S), following an election that left the country with a hung parliament and anti-establishment and far-right parties vying to form a government.
Former Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi resigned yesterday (5 March) as leader of the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) after a bruising election defeat, but pledged that his party would not strike deals with the anti-establishment parties that voters favoured.
Italy's 5-Star Movement has named its team of ministers if it is asked to form a government after Sunday's election, an unusual move aimed at stealing a march on its rivals and showing voters it is ready for power.
Silvio Berlusconi cannot be Italy's prime minister due to a tax fraud conviction but he will most likely play the role of kingmaker. The name of European Parliament President Antonio Tajani remains among those who could win his favour.
Former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is a divisive figure in his homeland. As elections loom just on the horizon and Renzi's return to power far from guaranteed, EURACTIV’s partner Italia Oggi takes a look at why the Florentine splits opinion.
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.
Matteo Renzi easily regained the leadership of Italy's ruling Democratic Party (PD) on Sunday (30 April) with an overwhelming victory in a primary election among party supporters, less than five months after resigning as the country's prime minister.
Michele Emiliano, the leftist president of the southern region of Puglia, said on Tuesday he would challenge former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi for the leadership of Italy's ruling Democratic Party (PD), which faces a damaging split.
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.
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