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SIENA, Italy Italian bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena is slowly turning a corner after last year's 8 billion euro ($10 billion) bailout, its chief executive said, flagging an increase in both lending and client funding.
ROME Italian state lender CDP said on Thursday it would buy a stake of up to 5 percent of Telecom Italia (TIM) to safeguard Rome's interest in a company seen as strategic, and amidst a struggle between investors over its leadership.
MILAN/ROME Italy's Atlantia and Spanish builder ACS agreed a joint 18 billion euro ($22 billion) bid for Abertis on Wednesday, ending a five-month battle for the Spanish road-toll operator and easing political worries.
MADRID/MILAN/ROME Spain's ACS and Italy's Atlantia said they are in talks over their competing bids for Spanish toll road company Abertis and a source said they could decide to break up the company rather than press on with a costly takeover battle.
MILAN/PARIS Atlantia has bought a 15.5 percent stake in the operator of the Channel tunnel for more than 1 billion euros ($1.2 billion), it said on Friday, adding the deal did not change its plan to buy Spain's Abertis .
ROME Banks in the European Union will have eight years to write down bad debts backed by collateral under proposals from the European Commission designed to tackle their 759 billion euros ($933.19 billion) in soured loans, a source familiar with the matter said on Friday.
ROME Atlantia's shareholders on Wednesday approved superficial changes to its offer for Spanish toll-road operator Abertis and left scope for the board to sweeten the bid in the coming weeks.
ROME, Jan 18 Italy's banking industry is lobbying European lawmakers to change what it sees as unfairly harsh regulation of a common lending practice in the country, a campaign that if successful would ease pressure on lenders to raise more capital.
ROME Italy's market regulator sparked a political storm on Thursday when he told parliament that an ally of former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi had spoken to him in 2014 about the fate of a struggling bank where her father was a board member.
ROME The Bank of Italy and its governor, Ignazio Visco, came under increased scrutiny on Thursday when former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi joined a chorus of politicians criticising its operations.