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Dec 20, 2013

Italy PM Letta says his budget is crucial for stability

ROME, Dec 20 (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta
said on Friday his government’s 2014 budget was crucial for
Italy’s stability despite it pleasing neither unions nor
business.

The lower house of Italy’s parliament is due to vote on a
confidence motion in the early afternoon with the Senate
following on Monday. The government is expected to win both
easily. Confidence motions are regularly used to speed up
legislation.

Dec 11, 2013

Italian PM Letta wins confidence votes, vows reforms

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s Prime Minister Enrico Letta won a confidence vote in the Senate on Wednesday, confirming his government’s majority after promising sweeping reforms and urging lawmakers to back him or risk chaos.

Letta told parliament Italy had avoided reforms for 20 years and could no longer afford to delay, with protests across the country this week underlining the bitter public mood after years of painful attempts to squeeze costs and boost revenues.

Dec 11, 2013

Italian PM Letta wins first leg of confidence vote

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s Prime Minister Enrico Letta won a confidence vote in parliament’s lower chamber on Wednesday after urging lawmakers to back his government or risk chaos

Opening a debate before his third confidence vote since October, he said Italy had avoided reforms for 20 years and could no longer afford to delay, with protests across the country this week underlining the bitter public mood after years of painful attempts to squeeze costs and boost revenues.

Dec 11, 2013

Italian PM Letta seeks parliament’s backing for reforms

ROME (Reuters) – Prime Minister Enrico Letta called on parliament on Wednesday to back his government or risk chaos as he promised a package of reforms he said would lift Italy’s stagnant economy back to growth after two years of recession.

Opening a debate in the lower house ahead of his third confidence vote since October, Letta said Italy had avoided reforms for 20 years and could no longer afford to delay, with protests across the country this week underlining the bitter public mood after years of painful austerity.

Dec 9, 2013

New Italian center-left leader says must make government work

ROME (Reuters) – The new head of Italy’s center-left Democratic Party Matteo Renzi said on Monday he would work with Prime Minister Enrico Letta to pass reforms, dismissing suggestions he could seek to provoke a snap election and lead a new government himself.

Speaking after his landslide victory in a leadership contest on Sunday, Renzi gave little detail on his proposed agenda but made clear that the PD, the largest party in the ruling coalition, would not vote against the government in a confidence motion Letta has called on Wednesday.

Dec 6, 2013

Florence Mayor Renzi prepares to shake up Italian centre-left

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s center-left Democratic Party (PD) is expected to elect as its leader the charismatic mayor of Florence, Matteo Renzi, an outsider who promises both a chance of renewal and a threat to Prime Minister Enrico Letta’s already fragile coalition.

The 38-year-old Renzi is overwhelming favorite to win Sunday’s primary to appoint a new secretary to lead the largest party in Letta’s government. But his suspicion of the old-style left, his undisguised ambition and his brusque dismissal of many on his own side has won him as many enemies as friends.

Dec 3, 2013

Italy PM Letta dismisses signs of tension ahead of vote

ROME (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta dismissed signs of growing tension in his government on Tuesday, ahead of a confidence vote next week to confirm his new majority after Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party quit the ruling coalition.

The government said the vote would be held on December 11, after Letta’s center-left Democratic Party (PD) elects a new leader this coming Sunday.

Dec 3, 2013

Italy PM Letta to seek new confidence vote on December 11

ROME (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta will seek a confidence vote in parliament on December 11 to confirm his new majority after Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party pulled out of the ruling coalition, the government said.

Letta, who held consultations with President Giorgio Napolitano on Monday, said last week he would seek the confidence vote after his center-left Democratic Party (PD) elects a new leader this coming Sunday and would set out priorities for his government in the coming year.

Dec 2, 2013

Letta prepares to tackle Italy’s voting law stalemate

ROME (Reuters) – With Silvio Berlusconi now out of parliament, Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta is under pressure to overhaul a voting law blamed for dragging Italy into political and economic stalemate after the last election.

Letta was appointed to lead an unwieldy government of left and right forces after a vote in February this year yielded no clear winner.

Dec 1, 2013

At least seven dead in Italian textile factory fire

ROME (Reuters) – At least seven people died and three were injured when a Chinese-owned clothing factory in an industrial zone in the Italian town of Prato burned down on Sunday, killing workers trapped in an improvised dormitory built onsite.

Local media said 11 workers had been accommodated in a warren of small cardboard sleeping compartments above a warehouse in the Macrolotto industrial district of the town, known for its large number of garment factories.