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Sep 9, 2012

Talk increases of second Monti government in Italy

CERNOBBIO, Italy (Reuters) – Business leaders and European officials cloistered in a beautiful lakeside resort over the weekend were in striking agreement about who should follow Mario Monti as Italian premier: Mario Monti.

Uncertainty about what will follow Monti’s technocrat government after elections next spring is worrying investors, who fear a new government led by elected politicians will try to tear up the painful reforms that have restored Italy’s credibility under Monti.

Sep 7, 2012

Relief in Italy at ECB plan, Monti says reforms must continue

CERNOBBIO/BARI, Italy (Reuters) – Italian business leaders expressed palpable relief on Friday at the European Central Bank’s bold plan to buy bonds of debt-laden euro zone states like Italy but they warned the region’s crisis was not over and pressure was now on governments to take action.

Bankers and other businessmen attending a high level conference on the shores of Lake Como all praised the ECB’s move, but concerns were clear about Europe’s political will to overcome the debt crisis and particularly at the deep uncertainty surrounding the next Italian government.

Jul 18, 2012

Analysis: Berlusconi adds new instability to embattled Italy

ROME (Reuters) – He is on trial for having sex with an underage prostitute, is one of the most divisive figures in Italy and was chased from office eight months ago after steering his country to the brink of financial catastrophe.

Now Silvio Berlusconi – who denies the sex trial charges – is back, unchastened, and apparently planning to stand for prime minister in an election early next year.

Jul 18, 2012

Berlusconi adds new instability to embattled Italy

ROME (Reuters) – He is on trial for having sex with an underage prostitute, is one of the most divisive figures in Italy and was chased from office eight months ago after steering his country to the brink of financial catastrophe.

Now Silvio Berlusconi – who denies the sex trial charges – is back, unchastened, and apparently planning to stand for prime minister in an election early next year.

Jul 11, 2012

Can Balotelli soccer success help fight Italian racism?

ROME (Reuters) – Italian striker Mario Balotelli’s starring performance in the Euro soccer championship last month has focused a rare spotlight on the serious but neglected problem of racism in Italy.

Balotelli’s two stunning goals, which knocked out Germany in the semi-final, turned him into a national hero – even if that aura was diminished after Italy’s rout by Spain in the final.

Jul 4, 2012
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Pope backs his deputy Bertone at centre of VatiLeaks furore

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(Pope Benedict XVI arrives for a meeting with Milan's authorities and entrepreneurs, followed by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone (back), at the archbishopric in Milan June 2, 2012. REUTERS/Luca Bruno/Pool )

Pope Benedict on Wednesday expressed full support for his deputy, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the chief target of leaked documents which the pontiff’s butler has been charged with stealing.

Jul 4, 2012

Pope backs deputy at center of butler furor

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Benedict on Wednesday expressed full support for his deputy, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the chief target of of leaked documents which the pontiff’s butler has been charged with stealing.

Benedict’s butler, Paolo Gabriele, was arrested at the end of May and charged with stealing the pope’s private papers. He remains locked up in a Vatican police “safe room”.

Jun 29, 2012

Euro-Two Super Marios bring joy, hope to Italy

ROME (Reuters) – Italy reveled on Friday in the successes of its two “Super Marios”, one on the soccer field and the other at a European summit – both seen as taking sweet revenge on inflexible euro zone paymaster Germany.

Italy’s 2-1 victory over Germany in the Euro 2012 semi final, spearheaded by forward Mario Balotelli, unleashed hours of ecstatic celebration on the streets of the country on Thursday night and a wave of joyous newspaper headlines, many gloating against Germany.

Jun 29, 2012

Soccer-Euro-Two Super Marios bring joy, hope to Italy

ROME, June 29 (Reuters) – Italy revelled on Friday in the
successes of its two “Super Marios”, one on the soccer field and
the other at a European summit – both seen as taking sweet
revenge on inflexible euro zone paymaster Germany.

Italy’s 2-1 victory over Germany in the Euro 2012 semi
final, spearheaded by forward Mario Balotelli, unleashed hours
of ecstatic celebration on the streets of the country on
Thursday night and a wave of joyous newspaper headlines, many
gloating against Germany.

May 30, 2012
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Pope Benedict attacks media coverage of “Vatileaks,” backs aides

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(Pope Benedict XVI waves to the faithful as he arrives at the weekly audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican May 30, 2012. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

Pope Benedict on Wednesday angrily denounced what he called false media coverage of a leaks scandal shaking the Vatican and expressed full trust in close aides under fire over the worst crisis in his papacy.

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      "I am the Editor or cluster chief in charge of Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece. I have previously worked all over the world in a long career with Reuters which has taken me from Asia to the United States. My positions have included Americas production editor, World Desk editor, Middle East Editor and Africa editor. I recently planned our multi-media coverage of the soccer World Cup in South Africa and reported extensively on the tournament and its impact on the continent. I will be based in Rome from November"
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