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Apr 27, 2013

Italy’s Letta names new government

ROME, April 27 (Reuters) – Italian centre-left politician
Enrico Letta said on Saturday he had won support of other
parties to form a coalition government that will include one of
former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s closest allies as
deputy prime minister.

Letta met President Giorgio Napolitano after talks with
Berlusconi and leaders of his centre-right People of Freedom
(PDL) party to confirm that he had reached an accord which would
clear the way for a government to be formed.

Apr 27, 2013

Italy’s Letta meets Berlusconi to try to form government

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s center-left prime minister-designate Enrico Letta met Silvio Berlusconi and other center-right officials on Saturday to try to resolve the remaining differences holding up the formation of a coalition government between the rival parties.

Letta, given a mandate to form a government by President Giorgio Napolitano, is under pressure to reach an agreement with the center-right to end the political stalemate that has paralyzed Italy since inconclusive elections in February.

Apr 26, 2013

Italy’s Letta moves forward to shape government

ROME (Reuters) – Italian prime minister-designate Enrico Letta held talks with other political figures on Friday on forming a coalition government but said differences with former premier Silvio Berlusconi’s center-right party still needed to be resolved.

Berlusconi said he was confident the remaining issues between rival parties could be sorted out.

Apr 25, 2013

Differences with centre-right delay Italy’s Letta

ROME, April 25 (Reuters) – Italy’s prime minister-designate
Enrico Letta started “encouraging” talks on Thursday for a new
government to end two months of political deadlock, but said
significant differences with the centre-right would take more
time to iron out.

Letta, the 46-year-old deputy head of the centre-left
Democratic Party (PD), said he would use Friday as a “day to
reflect” on his chances of piecing together a broad coalition to
govern the euro zone’s third-largest economy.

Apr 24, 2013

Italy president names centre-left’s Letta as new premier

ROME, April 24 (Reuters) – Italian President Giorgio
Napolitano on Wednesday asked centre-left deputy leader Enrico
Letta to form a new government, signalling the end of a damaging
two-month vacuum since elections in the euro zone’s third
largest economy in January.

The prime minister designate is expected to quickly select a
group of ministers, mixed between politicians and technocrats,
under the guidance of Napolitano, whose own unprecedented
re-election last weekend opened the way for an end to the
crisis.

Apr 24, 2013

Italy president calls centre-left official Letta

ROME, April 24 (Reuters) – Italian President Giorgio
Napolitano on Wednesday asked centre-left deputy leader Enrico
Letta to form a new government, signalling the end of a damaging
two-month vacuum since elections in the euro zone’s third
largest economy in January.

The prime minister designate is expected to quickly select a
group of ministers, mixed between politicians and technocrats,
under the guidance of Napolitano, whose own unprecedented
re-election last weekend opened the way for an end to the
crisis.

Apr 22, 2013

Emotional Italian president slams parties, govt in sight

ROME (Reuters) – Newly re-elected president Giorgio Napolitano delivered an emotional rebuke to Italy’s warring political factions on Monday and announced talks that could see a grand coalition government formed within days to end two months of post-election stalemate.

The 87-year-old Napolitano said he had only accepted an unprecedented second term as head of state because of the “dramatic alarm” facing Italy since national elections on February 24 and 25 left no party able to govern alone.

Apr 22, 2013

Emotional Italian president slams parties, government in sight

ROME (Reuters) – Newly re-elected president Giorgio Napolitano delivered an emotional rebuke to Italy’s warring political factions on Monday and announced talks that could see a grand coalition government formed within days to end two months of post-election stalemate.

The 87-year-old Napolitano said he had only accepted an unprecedented second term as head of state because of the “dramatic alarm” facing Italy since national elections on February 24 and 25 left no party able to govern alone.

Apr 22, 2013

Hopes rise for new Italy government after Napolitano re-elected

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s newly re-elected president Giorgio Napolitano will push forward on Monday with efforts to form a new government and end two months of stalemate that blocked economic reform and created growing unease among Rome’s international partners.

Financial markets opened higher, with the main barometer of investor confidence, the spread between yields on 10-year Italian bonds and their safer German counterparts, narrowing sharply and Italian stocks among the main gainers across Europe.

Apr 20, 2013

Giorgio Napolitano, Italy’s reluctant president

ROME (Reuters) – One week ago, with his office in the Quirinale Palace already cleared of his books and papers, Italian President Giorgio Napolitano said: “They won’t convince me to stay”. In the end they did.

Just over two months before his 88th birthday, Napolitano yielded to the pleas of Italy’s squabbling politicians and agreed to a second term in office to try to end the chaotic stalemate left by February’s deadlocked election.