MADRID/ROME, May 30 (Reuters) – Annual consumer inflation
slowed in Italy and Spain in May, heightening concerns about
deflation risk in the euro zone as the bloc’s central bank gears
up for an expected growth-boosting shift in monetary policy next
Italy’s EU-harmonised inflation rate eased to a
weaker-than-expected 0.4 percent year-on-year from 0.5 percent
in April, statistics office ISTAT said in Rome.
ROME (Reuters) – Strengthened by a landslide victory in Sunday’s European election, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has a clear mandate to push economic and institutional reforms in Rome and promote his pro-growth agenda in Brussels.
More than 40.8 percent of Italy’s 27.3 million voters cast ballots for the center-left Democratic Party, almost double the 21.2 percent who chose the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, the second-biggest party, according to official figures.
ROME (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi was on course for a sweeping victory in Sunday’s European election with voter projections giving his center-left Democratic Party (PD) a huge lead over the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement of ex-comic Beppe Grillo.
With more than half the vote counted, a projection by IPR Marketing for RAI state television put the PD on 41.2 percent, well ahead of the 5-Star Movement on 21.4 percent with former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party on 16.6 percent.
ROME (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi was on course for a triumph in Sunday’s European election with early projections giving his center-left Democratic Party (PD) a strong lead over the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement of ex-comic Beppe Grillo.
A projection by IPR Marketing for RAI state television put the PD on 41.4 percent ahead of the 5-Star Movement on 22.4 percent with former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party on 15.7 percent.
ROME (Reuters) – Next week’s European parliamentary elections have turned into a showdown between Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and the anti-establishment movement of comic Beppe Grillo that could decide the future of the government.
The ballot on May 25 will be the first national election ever faced by the 39-year-old Renzi, who came to power in February after a party coup which forced out his predecessor Enrico Letta.
ROME (Reuters) – Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi repeated accusations on Wednesday that he had been forced out of office at the height of the euro zone crisis in 2011 as the result of a plot by European Union officials.
Berlusconi’s comments followed the publication of a book by former U.S. treasury secretary Timothy Geithner which suggested that the U.S. government had been asked to help force Berlusconi to resign as the crisis escalated in late 2011.
ROME (Reuters) – Italian naval and coast guard vessels recovered 14 bodies and rescued around 200 people after a migrant boat sank in the sea between Libya and southern Sicily, authorities said on Monday, a day after dozens were drowned in a similar incident.
Italy has struggled for decades with a stream of migrants travelling in small, unsafe boats from North Africa to the islet of Lampedusa, midway between Tunisia and Sicily. The influx of migrants has grown since the Arab Spring upheavals of 2011 and the protracted civil war in Syria.
ROME (Reuters) – A corruption scandal surrounding next year’s Expo 2015 in Milan and separate criminal cases involving allies of former premier Silvio Berlusconi look set to fuel voter anger at this month’s European elections, Italian politicians warned on Sunday.
Even for a country long inured to scandal, the arrest last week of seven officials connected with Expo 2015 Milan, including the event’s procurement head, on charges of bribery and manipulating public tenders has caused anger.
FLORENCE, Italy (Reuters) – Candidates to lead the European Commission after EU parliamentary elections this month lashed out on Friday against suggestions that the real choice would be made not by voters but by national governments.
The meeting in Florence was the second between the candidates following their first debate in April, part of a broader effort to bring an element of direct democracy to appointing one of the European Union’s top officials.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis proclaimed his predecessors John XXIII and John Paul II saints in front of more than half a million pilgrims on Sunday, hailing both as courageous men who withstood the tragedies of the 20th century.
Cheers and applause rang out across St Peter’s Square after the historic double papal canonization as many in the crowd fixed their gaze on huge tapestries of the two popes on the facade of the basilica behind Francis.