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Salvini proclaims Italy to be Washington's best EU ally

18 Jun 2019

ROME Italy is the United States' most reliable ally in Europe, Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said on Monday, keen to present himself as a strong, trustworthy statesman during a flying visit to Washington.

Italy's Salvini threatens to use strict new law on German NGO boat

12 Jun 2019

ROME Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini threatened on Wednesday to use tough, new measures for the first time on a German charity ship, Sea Watch, after it picked up migrants off the coast of Libya without authorisation.

Italy's ruling parties take aim at economy ministry over mini-BOTs

09 Jun 2019

ROME Italy's coalition parties have pushed back against criticism of proposals to issue special government bonds to help pay state debts, highlighting growing tensions within the heart of the cabinet.

Italy's ruling coalition reaches deal on public tenders, signalling improved relations

04 Jun 2019

ROME Italy's ruling parties, the League and 5-Star Movement, reached a deal on Tuesday to overhaul convoluted public tender rules, a sign that the coalition government may finally be overcoming weeks of infighting.

Italian PM threatens to quit, tells coalition to end feud

03 Jun 2019

ROME Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte threatened on Monday to resign, telling his two coalition partners to end their constant feuding or seek new elections.

Italy's ruling League triumphs in EU vote as 5-Star slumps

27 May 2019

ROME The far-right League became Italy's largest party in Sunday's European parliamentary election, surging past its coalition partner the 5-Star Movement, which saw its own support slump.

Coordinated anti-Trump campaign emerges on Instagram - study

20 May 2019

ROME Accounts tagged 'hatetrump' and 'ihatetrump' are part of a coordinated campaign to undermine U.S. President Donald Trump that has emerged on social media site Instagram, an independent study has revealed.

Cheers and jeers as Europe's far-right rallies in Milan

18 May 2019

MILAN Nationalist parties from across Europe held a rally on Saturday, led by Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, promising to reshape the continent following next week's EU parliamentary election. | Video

Italy's Salvini says EU vote will lead to big changes in Europe

17 May 2019

MILAN This month's European Parliament election will shake up the continent, leading to a relaxation of budget rules and influencing the choice of the next central bank chief, Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said on Friday.

Despite falling numbers, immigration remains divisive EU issue

14 May 2019

ROME Migrant arrivals to Italy have almost dried up, new asylum requests across the European Union have more than halved in three years and at the end of 2018, Hungary's reception centers housed just three refugees.

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