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May 20, 2015

Italy’s PM Renzi says ‘disgusted’ by match-fixing, calls for clean-up

ROME (Reuters) – Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Wednesday he was embarrassed and disgusted by the latest match-fixing scandal to hit Italian football and called for sweeping changes to clean up the game and attract families to stadiums.

Renzi had already promised to make radical changes to professional football a year ago after a supporter was shot dead by a rival fan at the Italian Cup final, but these reforms never materialised.

May 18, 2015

IMF nudges up Italy growth forecasts, calls for reforms

ROME, May 18 (Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund
raised slightly its forecasts for Italy’s economy this year and
next on Monday and said Rome should take advantage of favourable
external conditions to push through much-needed reforms.

At the end of its annual consultations with Italian
authorities the IMF also said progress on privatisations had
been “disappointing” and should be accelerated.

May 17, 2015

Pope Francis extends agenda of change to Vatican diplomacy

ROME (Reuters) – Pope Francis’ hard-hitting criticisms of globalization and inequality long ago set him out as a leader unafraid of mixing theology and politics. He is now flexing the Vatican’s diplomatic muscles as well.

Last year, he helped to broker an historic accord between Cuba and the United States after half a century of hostility.

May 8, 2015

Greek PM forecasts ‘happy end’; Eurogroup chief cites progress in talks

ATHENS/ROME (Reuters) – Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras forecast a happy end soon to fraught negotiations with creditors on a cash-for-reform deal, and the chairman of euro zone finance ministers said talks were making progress, though not enough for a deal next Monday.

However, with Greece fast running out money, sources close to the talks with the International Monetary Fund, the European Commission and the European Central Bank said there was still no breakthrough on crucial sticking points over pension and labor market reforms and budget targets.

Apr 30, 2015

Italy’s Renzi wins final confidence vote on electoral law

ROME (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi won the last of three confidence votes on a fiercely contested new electoral law on Thursday, defying opposition parties and dissidents within his own Democratic Party (PD).

The bill, which has been under discussion in parliament for more than a year, is a central part of Renzi’s agenda of political and economic reforms.

Apr 27, 2015

Italy’s Renzi appeals to party rebels to pass electoral reform

ROME (Reuters) – Prime Minister Matteo Renzi appealed on Monday to dissidents within his party to support a fiercely contested proposal for electoral reform, saying the dignity of the ruling Democratic Party (PD) is at stake.

The reform, which has been under discussion in the Italian parliament for more than a year, began a second reading in the lower house Chamber of Deputies on Monday, with up to 100 rebel PD lawmakers continuing to call for changes.

Apr 14, 2015

400 migrants die in shipwreck off Libya, survivors say

ROME (Reuters) – About 400 migrants died in an attempt to reach Italy from Libya when their boat capsized, survivors said on Tuesday, the latest tragedy in the Mediterranean where the death toll from shipwrecks has surged this year.

The boat, carrying about 550 migrants in total, flipped about 24 hours after leaving the Libyan coast, according to some of the 150 survivors who were rescued and brought to a southern Italian port on Tuesday morning, Save the Children reported.

Mar 28, 2015

Thousands march through Rome against Renzi’s labor reform

ROME (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of workers marched through the center of Rome on Saturday against Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s reform of the labor market, headed by a popular union chief who is seen by many as a possible future leader of Italy’s left.

The march was organized by Italy’s main engineering union, the FIOM, whose leader Maurizio Landini is trying to unite the fragmented political left into what he calls a “social coalition” against Renzi.

Mar 25, 2015

Italy Bribesville TV drama seeks to emulate Gomorra success

ROME (Reuters) – An Italian TV drama launched this week aims to emulate the success of last year’s acclaimed mafia series Gomorra by recounting the corruption scandals of the early 1990s that brought down an entire political class.

The series, called simply “1992″ after the year the so-called Bribesville scandals came to light in Milan, aims to tap into the recent boom in big budget TV series like Game of Thrones and House of Cards.

Mar 22, 2015

U.S. inflation, Greek tensions in focus

ROME (Reuters) – Markets still digesting an unexpectedly cautious message from the Federal Reserve will get more food for thought this week with U.S. inflation data and potentially rising risks of a Greek exit from the euro zone.

The massive monetary stimulus programs deployed by advanced economies are producing fierce foreign exchange swings and fuelling talk of a currency war.