New Italian premier named

2013-04-24 20:19

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano has asked centre-left politician Enrico Letta to form a new government, signalling the end of a damaging two-month stalemate since elections.

Berlusconi hospitalised for eye problem

2013-03-08 17:39

Italy's Silvio Berlusconi has been hospitalised due to an eye condition doctors say will force him to stay home for a week and miss the next hearing of his sex trial.

Italy's Monti slam Berlusconi's judgment

2013-01-03 21:04

Premier Mario Monti has criticised his predecessor Silvio Berlusconi for demonstrating "a certain volatility in judgment".

Berlusconi ex-wife to get €36m a year

2012-12-28 16:15

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has got a divorce from his second wife Veronica Lario and will have to pay €36m a year in alimony, say reports.

Monti unveils 'change Italy' agenda

2012-12-24 01:04

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti has unveiled an agenda to "change Italy, reform Europe" and says the country pulled itself out of a debt crisis without seeking aid.

Italy PM Monti resigns

2012-12-21 22:27

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti has tendered his resignation to President Giorgio Napolitano, paving the way for national elections in February.

Monti uncertain about election race

2012-12-10 22:20

Italy's outgoing Premier Mario Monti has said he has not yet decided whether to run in the country's next election, possibly to be held in February.

Monti fears Europe could tear apart

2012-08-05 13:37

Italian PM Mario Monti has voiced fears that tensions sparked by the eurozone crisis has turned countries against each other and must not be allowed to rip Europe apart.

Monti: Italy will not need bailout

2012-06-13 08:57

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti has denied speculation that Europe's third-largest economy could be the next to apply for European Union assistance.

Italy: Monti visits Quake zone

2012-05-22 14:03

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti has visited quake-struck towns in northeast Italy, where around 5 000 people have spent a second anxious night camped out in temporary shelters.

Italian PM condemns 'tragic' school bombing

2012-05-19 19:44

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti has condemned a school bombing that killed one teenager and seriously injured five others in the southern city of Brindisi.

World leaders reach out to Hollande

2012-05-07 08:59

European and world leaders have reached out to France's Socialist Francois Hollande, whose election win has been built in part on a pledge to renegotiate Europe's austerity pact.

Somali pirates free Italian tanker ship

2012-04-23 19:47

An Italian chemical tanker ship captured by Somali pirates off the coast of Oman in December with 18 crew members has been released, the foreign ministry in Rome says.

Monti's 'make or break' meeting with unions

2012-03-20 12:58

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti is to discuss labour reform with union leaders in a meeting that can help make, or break, his brief tenure as prime minister.

EU leaders hope for Greece deal on Monday

2012-02-17 14:52

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos share optimism over a Eurogroup meeting.

Syria: Obama decries 'outrageous bloodshed'

2012-02-10 08:59

US President Barack Obama has decried the "outrageous bloodshed" in Syria as government forces launch a deadly blitz on the protest city of Homs.

Monti buoyed by ace bond sessions

2012-01-29 15:19

Shored up in the polls and with a run of successful bond sessions, Italian PM Mario Monti's government is staying the course on bitter reforms despite countrywide strikes.

Libya says no review of ENI deals

2012-01-01 22:00

Libya has clarified that the review of contracts of Italian oil major ENI signed with the previous regime of Muammar Gaddafi will not involve its oil and gas deals.

Monti the main man at money meeting

2011-11-28 12:19

Italy's new Prime Minister Mario Monti will take centre-stage when euro finance ministers gather for their last scheduled meeting of 2011 over IMF rescue plans.

IMF 'readying' €600bn bailout for Italy

2011-11-27 21:46

The IMF could bail out Italy with up to €600bn, an Italian newspaper has reported Prime Minister Mario Monti came under pressure to speed up anti-crisis measures.

Monti rushes to save Italy

2011-11-18 15:05

Prime Minister Mario Monti, who has won overwhelming support from the Senate, rushed to firm up ambitious proposals to revitalise the economy Friday as Italy's lower house prepared to vote.

Monti: Italy must stop being Europe's weak link

2011-11-17 19:01

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti has outlined his government's programme - focussing on eliminating the budget deficit in 2013 and stimulating economic growth.

Monti accepts Italian PM nomination

2011-11-16 15:11

Italy's Mario Monti has formally accepted his nomination as Italian prime minister and says he would also take the post of finance minister as he unveiled his new Cabinet.

Monti to hold talks on Italian govt

2011-11-15 13:04

Italian prime minister-designate, Mario Monti, is scheduled to hold talks on forming a government with representatives of outgoing Silvio Berlusconi’s party.

Italy's new premier rushes to build govt

2011-11-14 16:27

Italy's premier-designate Mario Monti has begun talks to create a new government of non-political experts tasked with overhauling an ailing economy.


Journos taken hostage in Syria freed

2013-04-13 17:00

Four Italian journalists who were being held hostage in Syria have been freed, Prime Minister Mario Monti says.

Berlusconi in pact with rightwing League

2013-01-07 16:00

Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has had reached an agreement with the Northern League to run together in elections in February.

Monti slams Berlusconi on family values

2013-01-02 14:43

Italy's outgoing prime minister Mario Monti has criticised election rival Silvio Berlusconi over family values in an interview in which he also defended his record on reforms.

Monti set to block Berlusconi comeback

2012-12-24 22:07

Mario Monti's offer to stay on as prime minister is motivated by a wish to prevent the scandal-tainted Silvio Berlusconi from returning to power and undoing key reforms, analysts say.

Monti won't run for Italian premier

2012-12-23 20:22

Monti says he won't run but will accept an offer to head the Italian government after a vote.

Berlusconi, Monti set fiery campaign tone

2012-12-11 17:39

Italy's Silvio Berlusconi has set the tone for his election campaign saying nobody should care about bond spreads, and accusing Mario Monti of being "German-centric".

Europe summit: Merkel vs everyone else

2012-06-28 10:04

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel is the woman to watch — or fear, or confront — in Europe.

Italy in retirement limbo figures fiasco

2012-06-12 22:53

The Italian government has been caught up in a storm over figures that suggest it had underestimated the number of people caught in a welfare "limbo" between work and retirement.

G8 want Greece to stay in eurozone

2012-05-19 22:47

G8 leaders have stressed their desire to see Greece stay in the eurozone at a crunch Camp David summit, as they smooth deep-seated divisions about how best to tackle the eurozone crisis.

Sarkozy - another scalp for the debt crisis

2012-05-07 13:00

Nicolas Sarkozy is the latest national leader toppled by Europe's debt crisis after the fall of governments in Ireland, Portugal, Slovakia, Italy, Greece, Spain and the Netherlands.

Slow vote in Italy

2012-05-06 21:02

Italy is voting in the 1st election since Mario Monti took over, which is expected to gauge voter anger at austerity measures.

Spanish deficit alarm grows

2012-03-26 17:26

Spain's ruling conservatives are wrestling with a surprise electoral setback, a looming general strike and growing alarm in Europe over the public deficit.

British, Italian hostages killed in Nigeria

2012-03-09 07:57

Two Europeans held hostage in Nigeria by kidnappers claiming ties to al-Qaeda have been killed before rescuers could free them, authorities say.

Italy rules out Olympic bid

2012-02-14 21:32

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti has withdrawn Rome as a candidate to host the 2020 Olympic Games, describing it as "irresponsible".

Italy asks Somali PM's help in freeing ship

2012-02-01 15:03

Italian PM Mario Monti has asked his Somali counterpart Abdiweli Mohamed Ali for help in freeing an Italian ship hijacked by pirates in December with 18 crew members on board.

Monti: Euro not in crisis

2012-01-09 07:31

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti has rejected talk of a euro crisis, saying Rome is open to the idea of a tax on financial transactions championed by France.

Monti unveils sweeping austerity package

2011-12-05 11:50

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti is to present a €30bn austerity plan to parliament in a bid to rein in Rome's strained finances.

Monti's govt wins second confidence vote

2011-11-18 21:41

Italian Premier Mario Monti's new government has won a second confidence vote in Parliament, securing its mandate to help bring Italy out of its debt crisis.

Italian cabinet good for economy

2011-11-17 11:55

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti's new technocratic government has a "unique opportunity" to reform a sluggish economy and pull the country back from the brink.

Monti due to present new Italian govt

2011-11-16 09:08

Prime Minister designate Mario Monti is expected to unveil Italy’s new government after an intense two days of consultations aimed at staving off a major financial crisis in that country.

Monti talks tough with parties

2011-11-15 09:26

Prime Minister-designate Mario Monti will meet the leaders of Italy's two biggest parties to discuss measures needed to reverse a collapse in market confidence.

Stocks, euro gain on Europe progress

2011-11-14 08:35

Asian stocks and the euro rose on hopes that new technocratic leaders in Italy and Greece will take decisive action to save their indebted nations from bankruptcy.

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