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Mar 13, 2013

Black smoke as morning fails to bring new pope

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Cardinals in secret conclave failed twice on Wednesday morning to elect a new pope, as black smoke over the Sistine Chapel showed ballots on the first full day of voting were inconclusive.

After an inconclusive first vote on Tuesday night, the 115 cardinal electors should hold another two ballots later on Wednesday after praying for inspiration from God for a choice that can lead the Roman Catholic Church out of crisis.

Mar 13, 2013

Cardinals begin voting in earnest for new pope to face Church crisis

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Cardinals begin the process of choosing a new pope in earnest on Wednesday, holding their first full day of voting for a leader to face a major crisis in the Roman Catholic Church.

The 115 cardinal electors return to the frescoed Sistine Chapel, where they are scheduled to hold two votes in the morning and two in the afternoon, seeking to elect a pontiff capable of facing a string of scandals and internal strife.

Mar 8, 2013

Renzi big beneficiary of Italy vote, tops poll for premier

ROME (Reuters) – The big winner in Italy’s election was populist leader Beppe Grillo, but young Florence mayor Matteo Renzi is emerging as a less obvious beneficiary of a huge protest vote that threatens to destroy the old political system.

Renzi, a telegenic, 38-year-old American-style politician who toured Italy in a camper van before Grillo did the same in his campaign, is the opposite of colourless centre-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani, the election’s biggest loser.

Mar 8, 2013

Analysis: After Grillo, Florence mayor was a big winner in Italy’s vote

ROME (Reuters) – The big winner in Italy’s election was populist leader Beppe Grillo, but young Florence mayor Matteo Renzi is emerging as a less obvious beneficiary of a huge protest vote that threatens to destroy the old political system.

Renzi, a telegenic, 38-year-old American-style politician who toured Italy in a camper van before Grillo did the same in his campaign, is the opposite of colorless centre-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani, the election’s biggest loser.

Mar 8, 2013

After Grillo, Florence mayor was a big winner in Italy’s vote

ROME (Reuters) – The big winner in Italy’s election was populist leader Beppe Grillo, but young Florence mayor Matteo Renzi is emerging as a less obvious beneficiary of a huge protest vote that threatens to destroy the old political system.

Renzi, a telegenic, 38-year-old American-style politician who toured Italy in a camper van before Grillo did the same in his campaign, is the opposite of colourless centre-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani, the election’s biggest loser.

Mar 5, 2013

Octogenarian president holds Italy’s fate

ROME (Reuters) – As Italy faces a deep political crisis, the fate of the country is in the hands of an octogenarian former communist only weeks from retirement.

Under Italy’s constitution, President Giorgio Napolitano, 87, is charged with trying to find the way out of an intractable impasse caused by a huge protest vote in the Feb 24-25 election, which saw no group emerge with enough support to govern.

Mar 1, 2013

Election result may condemn Italy to weak, short govt

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s electoral earthquake seems to have condemned the country to the thing it needs least – a short-term government and new elections in as little as six months or a year.

A huge protest vote in the Feb 24-25 election produced the worst possible result for Italy’s stagnant and recession-hit economy – a parliament in which no single group has a workable majority and populist leader Beppe Grillo has the whip hand.

Feb 28, 2013

Analysis: Election result may condemn Italy to weak, short government

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s electoral earthquake seems to have condemned the country to the thing it needs least – a short-term government and new elections in as little as six months or a year.

A huge protest vote in the Feb 24-25 election produced the worst possible result for Italy’s stagnant and recession-hit economy – a parliament in which no single group has a workable majority and populist leader Beppe Grillo has the whip hand.

Feb 27, 2013

Italy’s political crisis deepens, Grillo refuses to support govt

ROME, Feb 27 (Reuters) – An Italian political crisis that
has rattled the euro zone deepened on Wednesday when two party
leaders ruled out the most likely options to form a government
and avoid a new election.

Populist leader Beppe Grillo slammed the door on overtures
from center-left boss Pier Luigi Bersani with a stream of
insults while Nichi Vendola, Bersani’s junior coalition partner,
ruled out a government alliance with the center-right.

Feb 27, 2013

Italy’s political crisis deepens, Grillo refuses to support government

ROME (Reuters) – An Italian political crisis that has rattled the euro zone deepened on Wednesday when two party leaders ruled out the most likely options to form a government and avoid a new election.

Populist leader Beppe Grillo slammed the door on overtures from center-left boss Pier Luigi Bersani with a stream of insults while Nichi Vendola, Bersani’s junior coalition partner, ruled out a government alliance with the center-right.

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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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