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Oct 29, 2015

Rome mayor withdraws resignation, defying Italian PM Renzi

ROME (Reuters) – Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino, tainted by an expenses scandal, on Thursday withdrew the resignation he tendered three weeks ago under pressure from Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, causing ructions in their Democratic Party (PD).

Marino continues to lack the support of Renzi and his decision to battle on in office opens up a potentially damaging conflict for the prime minister.

Oct 28, 2015

Ousting of Rome mayor shows Italy’s resistance to change

ROME, Oct 28 (Reuters) – The resignation of Rome’s mayor
over allegations he fiddled his dining expenses may at first
sight suggest Italy is finally getting tough on corruption. In
reality, his troubles show just how resistant to change the
country is.

On the face of it, it is hard to defend Mayor Ignazio
Marino. His approval ratings have shrivelled and many Romans
complain public services such as rubbish collection, road
maintenance and transport have never been worse.

Oct 20, 2015

Italy’s Renzi mimics Berlusconi in bid to inherit his voters

ROME (Reuters) – A recent front-page cartoon in Italy’s mainstream newspaper Corriere della Sera depicted elderly former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi affectionately holding the hand of his little ice-cream licking “son” Matteo Renzi, the current premier.

The sketch summed up a growing perception in Italy that 40-year-old Renzi, leader of the center-left Democratic Party (PD), has moved so far to the right that he has become the political heir to 79-year-old conservative leader.

Oct 14, 2015

Italy’s Renzi to present tax-cutting budget, risks EU tussle

ROME (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi will present a tax-cutting 2016 budget on Thursday which pushes EU fiscal rules to the limit and is likely to be more popular with voters than with the European Commission.

A significant part of the tax cuts will be funded by extra borrowing and the budget slows the pace of deficit and debt reduction that Italy had previously agreed with the Commission.

Oct 8, 2015

Mayor of Rome resigns over expenses scandal

ROME (Reuters) – Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino resigned on Thursday following a scandal over his credit card expenses that has dented the image of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s Democratic Party (PD).

Marino, a PD member, denied allegations that he used city money to wine and dine his family and friends in what has become known as the “Dinner-gate” affair, but he had become an electoral liability for Renzi.

Sep 30, 2015

Italy’s Renzi faces uphill struggle over Google Tax plan

ROME (Reuters) – Under pressure to find resources for his promises of sweeping tax cuts, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is hoping to raise billions of euros by forcing multinational Internet firms to pay taxes on profits generated in Italy.

Treasury Undersecretary Enrico Zanetti said a so-called “Google Tax” could yield up to 3 billion euros ($3.36 billion) per year for Italy’s strained public finances. But Renzi may have a political and legal fight on his hands to get hold of the money.

Sep 13, 2015

Italy’s 5-Star Movement grows up with youthful new leader

ROME (Reuters) – Forget the outbursts of Beppe Grillo. To gauge the prospects of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement listen out for the more measured tones of 29-year-old Luigi Di Maio, fast emerging as the next leader of Italy’s second largest party.

The 5-Star Movement exploded onto the scene at Italy’s 2013 national election when it won a stunning 25 percent of the vote, paving the way for the rise of anti-system parties around Europe, such as Podemos in Spain and Syriza in Greece.

Sep 4, 2015

Italy’s Renzi completes labour reform, growth needed for jobs

ROME, Sept 4 (Reuters) – The government of Italian Prime
Minister Matteo Renzi on Friday put the finishing touches on his
signature employment reforms which he says are already rousing a
sclerotic labour market despite fierce resistance from trade
unions.

The final steps approved by cabinet aim to make job centres
more efficient, broaden unemployment benefits and give employers
more power to monitor their workers’ performance. They complete
a policy package first presented by Renzi 15 months ago.

Aug 30, 2015

Analysis – Why reforms don’t work so well in Italy

ROME (Reuters) – When Italian Public Administration Minister Marianna Madia tried to take advantage of a reform that should have allowed her to change her residency online, the local council said it couldn’t be done.

Instead, Madia had to go three times in person to the council offices to overcome the habitual bureaucratic hurdles.

Aug 30, 2015

Why reforms don’t work so well in Italy

ROME (Reuters) – When Italian Public Administration Minister Marianna Madia tried to take advantage of a reform that should have allowed her to change her residency online, the local council said it couldn’t be done.

Instead, Madia had to go three times in person to the council offices to overcome the habitual bureaucratic hurdles.