ROME Italy is ready to back a French candidate to lead the European Central Bank as part of its plan to ensure Rome retains a seat on the ECB executive board once Italian chief Mario Draghi steps down this year, a government source in Rome said.
MILAN Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini expressed confidence that Rome would be able to reach an accord with the European Union over public finances ahead of a key coalition meeting later on Monday.
ROME Italy's prime minister and economy minister have formed an unofficial alliance with the president to prevent the euro zone's third-largest economy being dragged into financial crisis by its ruling parties, sources say.
ROME The Italian government is confident it can reach a compromise with Brussels and avoid sanctions over its deteriorating public finances, the economy minister said as talk of a looming government crisis grew.
ROME The U.N. envoy for Libya voiced hope on Wednesday that efforts to establish a peace dialogue between the country's two warring sides could bear fruit within the next two weeks.
* Government desperate to find investors for flagship
MILAN/ROME Italian transport group Atlantia could join a rescue of loss-making flag carrier Alitalia to try to win favor with the government and secure the future of its own domestic business following a deadly bridge collapse last year, sources said.
TRIPOLI/ROME Fighting between eastern Libyan forces and Tripoli government troops killed 56 people and forced 6,000 to flee their homes in the capital in the last week, the United Nations said on Thursday, as France and Italy wrangled over how to respond to the renewed conflict.
ROME Italy endorsed China's ambitious "Belt and Road" infrastructure plan on Saturday, becoming the first major Western power to back the initiative to help revive the struggling Italian economy.
ROME Delta Air Lines and easyJet have set strict conditions for investing in Alitalia that could jeopardize a government-led plan to rescue the troubled Italian airline, a source close to the matter said.