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Italian eurosceptics in difficulty as EU fund deal boosts PM Conte

22 Jul 2020

ROME Italian eurosceptics seemed to be on shaky ground on Wednesday after the European Union approved a massive stimulus plan to help the bloc's coronavirus-hit economy, with Rome set to receive a large chunk of the money.

Italexit! Popular senator launches party to take Italy out of EU

21 Jul 2020

ROME A well-known Italian senator is set to launch a political movement with a mission to take Italy out of the European Union, seeking to capitalise on anti-Brussels sentiment as the country struggles to revive its coronavirus-hit economy.

Italy PM Conte's victory over powerful Benettons may come with price

16 Jul 2020

ROME Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte emerged stronger from this week's deal ousting the Benetton family from its control of Italy's lucrative motorways, but his victory over one of the country's most powerful financial dynasties may carry a price.

Italy heals after coronavirus, but scars remain for priest who blessed the dead

09 Jul 2020

ROME Italy's coronavirus lockdown is over and the daily death toll has dwindled, but Italians are coping with the fallout of an epidemic that has killed 35,000 people and shaken lives.

Down but not out: Berlusconi could hold key to Italian government's future

09 Jul 2020

ROME He is 83 and has lost most of his former support, but Italy's four-times prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is manoeuvring to put his centre-right Forza Italia party back into government and could make his move as early as September, sources say.

Italian police seize record amount of amphetamines shipped from Syria

01 Jul 2020

ROME Italian police said on Wednesday they had seized about 14 tonnes of amphetamine pills worth around 1 billion euros ($1 billion) arriving from Syria, in what they described as the world's single largest operation of its kind.

Italy says 28 migrants test positive to COVID-19 on quarantine ship

24 Jun 2020

ROME Dozens of migrants rescued in the Mediterranean have tested positive for the new coronavirus while held in a quarantine ship off the southern Italian coast, Sicily's regional leader Nello Musumeci said on Wednesday. | Video

Alitalia has €232 million in cash as nationalisation looms

23 Jun 2020

ROME Alitalia had 232 million euros (£210 million) in its coffers on May 31, Italian industry minister Stefano Patuanelli said on Tuesday, as the government prepares to take over an airline that has burned through cash in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Italian cities see bicycle boom after COVID-19 lockdown

23 Jun 2020

ROME Italy has seen a surge in bicycle sales since the government ended its coronavirus lockdown as people steer clear of public transport and respond to government incentives to help the environment.

Motor racing: Zanardi critical after surgery for severe head injury

19 Jun 2020

ROME Former Formula One driver and twice Champ Car champion Alex Zanardi was in intensive care on Friday after surgery for severe head injuries suffered in a road accident while racing his handbike in Italy.

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