ROME, March 19 (Reuters) – The European Union’s budget
deficit limit is an outdated tool but Italy will respect the
commitments it has made despite switching its focus to boosting
growth and jobs, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Wednesday.
Speaking in parliament ahead of an EU summit in Brussels on
Thursday, Renzi repeated his message that the 28-member bloc had
to shed its image as a technocratic promoter of austerity and
reconnect with its citizens.
The Roman Catholic Church, Church of England and al-Azhar, the Cairo-based seat of Sunni Muslim learning, came together on Monday for a rare display of interfaith action among them in calling for an end to modern slavery within 20 years.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Roman Catholic Church, Church of England and al-Azhar, the Cairo-based seat of Sunni Muslim learning, came together on Monday for a rare display of interfaith action among them in calling for an end to modern slavery within 20 years.
Their joint statement setting up the “Global Freedom Network” they declared that “physical, economic and sexual exploitation of men, women and children” trapped 30 million people worldwide in slavery.
ROME (Reuters) – European center-left parties called on Saturday for a change to austerity policies enacted to counter the euro zone crisis as they named Martin Schulz to be their candidate for next head of the European Commission.
The Party of European Socialists (PES), which groups Europe’s main center-left parties, said the focus on tight budgetary policy during the crisis had resulted in mass unemployment, hardship and the rise of populist movements.
(Reuters) – Italy’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to a new record of 12.9 percent in January, its highest level since records began in 1977, data showed on Friday.
Youth unemployment, measuring job-seekers between 15 and 24 years old, was 42.4 percent in January, up from 41.7 percent in December. Youth unemployment is also at its highest level in 37 years.
ROME (Reuters) – Prime Minister Matteo Renzi won his first confidence vote in parliament, pledging to cut labour taxes, free up funds for investment in schools and pass wide institutional reforms to tackle Italy’s economic malaise.
Facing parliament for the first time, the 39-year-old Renzi who is Italy’s youngest premier, sketched out an ambitious program of change in an hour-long speech delivered in his trademark quickfire style interspersed with occasional jeers from the opposition benches.
ROME (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi faces his first test before a fractious national parliament when he goes before the Senate on Monday to put flesh on his ambitious reform plans and seek to win a confidence vote in his newly installed government.
Backed by his own center-left Democratic Party (PD), the small center-right NCD party, centrists and other miscellaneous groups, he should have enough support in the 320-seat upper house.
ROME, Feb 21 (Reuters) – Italian centre-left leader Matteo
Renzi unveiled his cabinet on Friday after formally accepting
the mandate to form a government he said would remain in place
Renzi confirmed that OECD Chief Economist Pier Carlo Padoan
would take over the key economy ministry portfolio in the
16-minister cabinet, half of whom will be women. The new premier
said his government would begin work immediately.
ROME (Reuters) – Italian center-left leader Matteo Renzi said on Monday he would begin talks to form a new government in the next 24 hours, and expected to lay out a program of reforms to be completed within the next few months.
Renzi needs to seal a formal coalition deal with the small centre-right NCD party to secure a majority and to name his cabinet before seeking a formal vote of confidence in parliament, probably later this week.
ROME (Reuters) – Italian center-left leader Matteo Renzi is one step away from forming a new government after he swiftly eliminated party rival Enrico Letta as prime minister. New numbers showing how slowly the economy is growing highlight the huge challenge ahead.
After Renzi and the rest of the center-left Democratic Party (PD) leadership forced Letta’s hand by withdrawing their support at a special meeting on Thursday, the prime minister handed his resignation to President Giorgio Napolitano.