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Italy strikes deal with EU commission over budget: ministry spokeswoman

Dec 18 2018

ROME Italy has done a deal with the European Commission over its contested 2019 budget, a spokeswoman at the Economy Ministry said on Tuesday, signaling an end to weeks of wrangling that had shaken financial markets.

Macron to blame for French protests, Italy's Salvini says

Dec 09 2018

ROME Italy's Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said on Sunday President Emmanuel Macron was to blame for the "yellow vest" protests that have rattled France and urged Brussels to take heed of what was happening.

Surging in the polls, Italy's Salvini stages mass Rome rally

Dec 08 2018

ROME Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini filled one of Rome's main squares with tens of thousands of flag-waving supporters on Saturday in a rally that underscored the growing predominance of his rightist League party.

Ukraine asks West to ramp up sanctions on Russia

Dec 06 2018

MILAN Ukraine urged a gathering of dozens of foreign ministers on Thursday to increase sanctions against Russia, accusing Moscow of ramping up aggression against Kiev and sowing "instability and insecurity" across the West.

Italy's Di Maio on the defensive over family business accusations

Nov 29 2018

ROME Police sequestered on Thursday land belonging to the family of Luigi Di Maio as part of an investigation into alleged illegal building, dealing a new blow to the squeaky clean image of Italy's deputy prime minister.

Bernardo Bertolucci of 'Last Tango' fame, dies in Rome

Nov 26 2018

ROME Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci, whose 1972 movie "“Last Tango in Paris" shocked audiences with a notorious sex scene that came back to haunt him in his later years, died on Monday. | Video

Italy sticks to 2019 budget goals, for now, ahead of cost review

Nov 26 2018

ROME The Italian government said on Monday it was sticking to its main 2019 budget goals for now as it awaits a cost analysis of its main spending measures, but left open the possibility of eventually cutting its deficit target.

Italy's 5-Star struggles to keep up with soaring Salvini

Nov 22 2018

ROME The anti-establishment 5-Star Movement emerged as Italy's predominant political force at March elections, allowing it to enter government for the first time in its short history and take many top ministerial jobs.

Italy's government reaches deal on trial time constraints

Nov 08 2018

ROME Italy's ruling coalition reached a deal on Thursday over removing time constraints on the prosecution of numerous crimes, including corruption, defusing a row that had threatened the stability of the government.

Italy government wins confidence vote amid coalition tensions

Nov 07 2018

ROME Italy's coalition government comfortably won a confidence vote on Wednesday in the upper house Senate on a contested security decree, but tensions between the two ruling parties remain on a raft of issues.

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