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Apr 1, 2012

Analysis: Resistance to austerity stirs in southern Europe

ROME/MADRID (Reuters) – Most of the people of southern Europe have stayed surprisingly stoical up to now in the face of some of the most painful budget cuts in living memory, but signs are stirring that patience may soon run out.

An unexpectedly broad general strike in Spain on Thursday and mounting opposition to Prime Minister Mario Monti in Italy are among indicators that resistance is growing in a region at the centre of concerns about a resurgence of the euro zone debt crisis.

Mar 29, 2012

Storm clouds gather over Monti’s Italy reform drive

ROME (Reuters) – Storm clouds are gathering over Mario Monti’s efforts to transform the Italian economy, with his approval ratings dropping, mounting protests against his reforms and a damaging row with the parties that sustain him in parliament.

Monti shot out of the blocks after being appointed prime minister in November and quickly implemented tough austerity measures to fend off the debt crisis. But he now risks running into political quicksands that will slow down and weaken the much harder task of reviving a notoriously stagnant economy.

Mar 29, 2012

Analysis – Storm clouds gather over Monti’s reform drive

ROME (Reuters) – Storm clouds are gathering over Mario Monti’s efforts to transform the Italian economy, with his approval ratings dropping, mounting protests against his reforms and a damaging row with the parties that sustain him in parliament.

Monti shot out of the blocks after being appointed prime minister in November and quickly implemented tough austerity measures to fend off the debt crisis. But he now risks running into political quicksands that will slow down and weaken the much harder task of reviving a notoriously stagnant economy.

Mar 29, 2012

Analysis: Storm clouds gather over Monti’s Italy reform drive

ROME (Reuters) – Storm clouds are gathering over Mario Monti’s efforts to transform the Italian economy, with his approval ratings dropping, mounting protests against his reforms and a damaging row with the parties that sustain him in parliament.

Monti shot out of the blocks after being appointed prime minister in November and quickly implemented tough austerity measures to fend off the debt crisis. But he now risks running into political quicksand that will slow down and weaken the much harder task of reviving a notoriously stagnant economy.

Mar 22, 2012

Italy’s Monti runs into trouble over labour reform

ROME, March 22 (Reuters) – Prime Minister Mario Monti’s
attempt to force through labour reform in Italy ran into
political trouble on Thursday, raising the risk that the
coalition supporting him in parliament could split or the
measures be weakened.

The leadership of the centre-left Democratic Party (PD),
which supports Monti, had initially seemed ready to accept the
reform despite trenchant opposition from its close ally the
leftwing CGIL union, which has called a day-long protest strike.

Mar 9, 2012

Woman soldier restricts her fighting to the ring

ROME (Reuters) – Corporal Romina Marenda of the Italian army never expects to go into combat, apart from meeting another woman in the ring.

Lightweight Marenda will be one of Italy’s biggest hopes when women’s boxing makes its debut at the London Olympics this year, as long as she manages to qualify at the world championships in China in May.

Mar 8, 2012

Olympics-Woman soldier restricts her fighting to the ring

ROME, March 8 (Reuters) – Corporal Romina Marenda of
the Italian army never expects to go into combat, apart from
meeting another woman in the ring.

Lightweight Marenda will be one of Italy’s biggest hopes when
women’s boxing makes its debut at the London Olympics this year,
as long as she manages to qualify at the world championships in
China in May.

Feb 16, 2012

Greek-German tension rises, reflecting wider rift

ROME, Feb 16 (Reuters) – Whether or not Greece secures
a new bailout to avoid bankruptcy next month, relations between
Athens and Germany look close to breaking point. Their
inflammatory exchanges reflect a wider rift between northern and
southern Europe.

Greek resentment of pressure from northern creditors led by
Berlin is shared in other parts of the south, where a
single-minded focus on belt-tightening rather than growth is
seen as more likely to worsen the euro zone debt crisis than fix
it.

Feb 16, 2012

Greece-Germany tension rises, reflects wider European rift

ROME (Reuters) – Whether or not Greece secures a new bailout to avoid bankruptcy next month, relations between Athens and Germany look close to breaking point. Their inflammatory exchanges reflect a wider rift between northern and southern Europe.

Greek resentment of pressure from northern creditors led by Berlin is shared in other parts of the south, where a single-minded focus on belt tightening rather than growth is seen as more likely to worsen the euro zone debt crisis than fix it.

Feb 14, 2012

Analysis: Has Monti made Italy’s politicians irrelevant?

ROME (Reuters) – The remarkable success of Prime Minister Mario Monti, feted as a hero both at home and abroad, has created turmoil among Italy’s discredited politicians and is likely to provoke radical shifts in the political landscape over the coming year.

Some analysts say the impact of Monti will spark a political revolution comparable to the “Clean Hands” corruption probe — whose 20th anniversary is this week.

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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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