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Italy's Renzi boycotts cabinet meet, challenges PM to find a new government

14 Feb 2020

ROME Former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said Italy's government could collapse after his small party boycotted a cabinet meeting over a contested justice reform and the prime minister suggested he was ready to resign.

UPDATE 2-Think tanks cut Italy 2020 forecasts after dive in GDP, industry output

10 Feb 2020

* Industrial output much weaker than expected in December (Re-leads, adds think-tank, govt statement, background)

Shock drop in Italian and French economies amid wider European worries

31 Jan 2020

ROME/PARIS The economies of France and Italy, respectively the euro zone's second and third largest, shrank unexpectedly in the last quarter of 2019 causing GDP growth for the 19 countries sharing the single currency to miss forecasts, data showed.

Italy's 5-Star braces for splits as identity crisis deepens

30 Jan 2020

ROME Italy's ruling 5-Star Movement faces the prospect of desertions and ruinous splits which may be impossible to stem at a spring congress, party officials are warning.

IMF sees Italy deficit overshoot, says debt won't come down

29 Jan 2020

ROME Italy's budget deficit will overshoot the government's 2020 target and public debt will rise in the medium-term as economic growth languishes, the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday.

Italy's Salvini loses key regional vote, in relief for government

27 Jan 2020

ROME Italy's right-wing League leader Matteo Salvini failed to overturn decades of leftist rule in the northern region of Emilia-Romagna on Sunday in an election that brought relief to the embattled government. | Video

Italy's Salvini loses 'aura of invincibility' in Emilia setback

27 Jan 2020

ROME Matteo Salvini's surprisingly clear defeat in a key regional election on Sunday brusquely halts what seemed an unstoppable rise for the Italian hard-right leader and disrupts his progress towards national power.

Italy readies pension reform, may end early retirement scheme ahead of schedule

23 Jan 2020

ROME Italy is preparing to reform its pension system again to make it more flexible for those who want to leave work early, officials say, and the changes may include ending ahead of time a costly but underused 2018 plan that lowered the minimum retirement age.

Italy's Di Maio quits as 5-Star leader in blow to government

22 Jan 2020

ROME Luigi Di Maio stepped down on Wednesday as leader of Italy's co-governing 5-Star movement, as it seeks to stem a wave of defections that threatens the government's parliamentary majority.

Italian PM Conte names new ministers, sets policy agenda for 2020

28 Dec 2019

ROME Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte named two new ministers on Saturday to replace his education minister who resigned this week and outlined an ambitious agenda for next year including reform of the justice system and state bureaucracy.

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