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Jan 18, 2013

Bank of Italy sees gloom deepening for economy

ROME, Jan 18 (Reuters) – Italy’s central bank cut its
forecast for the country’s shrinking economy on Friday, as tight
credit conditions and a gloomy international backdrop darken the
domestic outlook before a national election in February.

The Bank of Italy said it now expects gross domestic product
(GDP) to fall by 1.0 percent this year rather than the 0.2
percent contraction it forecast in July.

Dec 30, 2012

Monti’s reform path faces test beyond Italy elections

ROME (Reuters) – Mario Monti declared “mission accomplished” when he resigned as Italy’s prime minister, having seen off the debt crisis that loomed as he took office just over a year ago but 2013 will test whether he has laid the foundations for lasting economic change.

Elections on February 24-25 will give Italian voters their first chance to decide whether they want to stick to the broad course he has set or turn to a growing chorus of politicians who have attacked his austerity medicine.

Dec 28, 2012

Monti says will lead centrists in Italian vote

ROME (Reuters) – Outgoing Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti said on Friday he would lead a centrist alliance in an election in February, ending weeks of speculation over his political future and confirming his bid for a second term.

The announcement clears up some of the uncertainty hanging over election and puts Monti in a three-way contest for power with the center-left Democratic Party (PD), which is leading in the polls, and Silvio Berlusconi’s People of Freedom (PDL) party.

Dec 27, 2012

Italian priest sparks outrage over blame of women for violence

ROME (Reuters) – An Italian priest has provoked outrage after putting up an article that said women were partly to blame for encouraging domestic violence by failing to clean their houses and cook properly and for wearing tight and provocative clothing.

Italian media reported that parish priest Piero Corsi fixed a text to the bulletin board of his church in the northern village of San Terenzo di Lerici, which said women should engage in “healthy self criticism” over the issue of femicide, or men murdering women.

Dec 24, 2012

Monti urges debate on Italy election as rivals open fire

ROME (Reuters) – Outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti posted his reform agenda online on Monday, urging Italians to join a debate on their country’s future as potentially bitter election campaign gets underway two months before Italy goes to polls.

Following weeks of hesitation, Monti declared his availability on Sunday to lead a reform-minded centrist alliance to seek a second term to complete the economic reform program begun when he took office just over a year ago.

Dec 23, 2012

Italy’s Monti says may be ready to seek second term

ROME (Reuters) – Outgoing Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti announced on Sunday he would consider seeking a second term if he is asked by a political force that backs his reform agenda and launched a sharp attack on his predecessor Silvio Berlusconi.

The former European commissioner, appointed to lead an unelected government to save Italy from financial crisis a year ago, resigned on Friday but had faced growing calls to seek a second term at the election on February 24-25.

Dec 22, 2012

Monti set to declare intentions as Italy election race begins

ROME (Reuters) – Italian caretaker Prime Minister Mario Monti is expected to end weeks of speculation about his political future on Sunday when he reveals the role he plans to play in February’s national election.

The former European commissioner, appointed to lead an unelected government to save Italy from financial crisis a year ago, has faced calls to seek a second term at the election on February 24-25, but his doubts appear to be growing.

Dec 22, 2012

Italy dissolves parliament, Monti mulls future

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s head of state dissolved parliament on Saturday and opened the way to a February election, with doubts growing over whether outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti will participate in what promises to be a bitter campaign.

Monti resigned on Friday a couple of months ahead of the end of his term of office, after his technocrat government lost the support of Silvio Berlusconi’s centre-right People of Freedom (PDL) party.

Dec 19, 2012

Italian president indicates February 24 election date

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s president gave a strong indication on Wednesday that next year’s election would be held in late February, as the country prepares to replace a technocrat government that has ruled for over a year.

President Giorgio Napolitano said he had “taken account” of a recommendation by the interior minister that the election be held on February 24 following two days of wrangling over a budget law that must be passed before parliament is dissolved.

Dec 19, 2012

Italy president urges election be held on time

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s president warned on Wednesday against delaying next year’s elections after wrangling over the 2013 budget threatened to put of the dissolution of parliament, which had been expected this week.

The budget, which must be passed before new elections can be called, had been expected to pass by Friday but has been held up Silvio Berlusconi’s center-right People of Freedom (PDL) party demanded more time to consider the bill.