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Italy coalition urges economy minister to be looser on deficit

19 Sep 2018

ROME Italy's populist ruling coalition called on Economy Minister Giovanni Tria on Wednesday to allow greater deficit spending in next year's budget in order to make good on campaign promises, causing jitters in financial markets worried about debt.

Italy coalition urges econ minister to be more elastic on deficit

19 Sep 2018

ROME, Sept 19 Italy's populist ruling coalition called on Economy Minister Giovanni Tria on Wednesday to allow greater deficit spending in next year's budget in order to make good on flagship campaign promises.

Italy on collision course with EU over budget deficit

03 Sep 2018

ROME Party leaders in the Italian coalition government signalled they will seek leeway from the EU to increase next year's budget deficit, heading on a collision course with the European Commission and investors who want it cut.

Italy, after Fitch cuts outlook, vows to respect EU commitments

01 Sep 2018

ROME Italy will respect European Union budget commitments and address the concerns of credit ratings agencies like Fitch - which cut the outlook for Italian debt - with concrete policy choices in coming weeks, the economy minister said on Saturday.

Italy talks of big deficit amid weak economic data

31 Aug 2018

ROME/MARINA DI PIETRASANTA, Italy Italy's populist government could break European Union fiscal rules next year with a big-spending budget, a cabinet official said on Friday, despite Brussels calling for a "prudent" spending plan and new data showing feeble economic growth.

Italy clashes with EU over migrants stranded on rescue boat

24 Aug 2018

ROME/BRUSSELS Italy's populist government said on Friday it would cut funds for the European Union unless other states take in boat migrants stranded in an Italian port, earning a rebuke from Brussels for making unacceptable "threats".

Italy threatens to cut EU funding over Catania migrant standoff

24 Aug 2018

ROME Italy's government threatened on Friday to withhold next year's contributions to the EU budget if Brussels failed to resolve a standoff over the fate of immigrants stranded for four days in an Italian port.

Italy threatens to suspend EU funding unless others take in migrants

23 Aug 2018

ROME Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said on Thursday his party would vote to suspend funding to the European Union next year unless other states agreed to take in migrants being held on a coastguard ship in Sicily.

Italian PM Conte calls on EU partners to help with migrant boat

22 Aug 2018

ROME Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Wednesday appealed to Italy's European Union partners to take in some of the migrants held on a coastguard ship in a Sicilian port and not allowed to disembark.

Italy allows docking of ship with migrants, ends standoff with Malta

20 Aug 2018

ROME Italy will let its coastguard ship carrying 177 migrants it rescued five days ago dock in Sicily, ending a standoff with Malta, its transport minister said on Monday, though it was not clear when and if the migrants would be allowed to disembark.

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