The European Union enters 2017 under pressure from both external and internal forces, facing challenges on all fronts and experiencing a surge by anti-EU nationalists across the continent itself. Who will have the biggest impact on the sequel to what has been an annus horribilis for the bloc?
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi resigned yesterday (7 December) after a bruising referendum loss at the weekend, with most parliamentary factions pushing for an early election in a few months' time.
A referendum on Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's flagship constitutional reform will be held on 4 December, the government said yesterday (26 September), with the fate of his administration likely to hinge on the outcome.
Italian lawmakers elected Sergio Mattarella, a constitutional court judge and veteran center-left politician, as president on Saturday, handing a welcome political victory to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.