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Italian economy stagnated in Q2

It has been confirmed Italy's economy stagnated in the period from April to June not growing at all from the first three months of the year.

It has been confirmed Italy's economy stagnated in the period from April to June not growing at all from the first three months of the year.

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Monte dei Paschi bank 'about to fall out of top share listing'

Italian bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena is reportedly about to be removed from the STOXX Europe 600 index - a listing of the region's top shares.

Italian bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena is reportedly about to be removed from the STOXX Europe 600 index - a listing of the region's top shares.

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Prime Minister Renzi tries to sound confident about Italian banking crisis

Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has been talking up the country's third largest bank, Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, even after it received the worst score in Europe-wide stress tests.

Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has been talking up the country's third largest bank, Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, even after it received the worst score in Europe-wide stress tests.

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Italian banking crisis looms

A mountain of bad debts and a lack of capital reserves are fueling an Italian banking crisis, which has been thrown into sharp focus by Britain's vote to leave the European Union.

A mountain of bad debts and a lack of capital reserves are fueling an Italian banking crisis, which has been thrown into sharp focus by Britain's vote to leave the European Union.

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Protests in Italy after savers lose money over banks rescue

The Italian government faces growing protests over the rescue of four banks which saw thousands of investors lose money. The Economy Minister Pier

The Italian government faces growing protests over the rescue of four banks which saw thousands of investors lose money. The Economy Minister Pier

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Lukewarm response to Poste Italiane market debut

Italy’s biggest sale of state assets in a decade failed initially to generate much excitement on the Milan stock exchange. The government’s disposal

Italy’s biggest sale of state assets in a decade failed initially to generate much excitement on the Milan stock exchange. The government’s disposal

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Renzi presents Italy's tax-cutting budget

The Italian budget unveiled on Thursday by the prime minister is a mixture of tax cuts and investment that may please the people – and cause rumbles

The Italian budget unveiled on Thursday by the prime minister is a mixture of tax cuts and investment that may please the people – and cause rumbles

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Future of SMEs: Europe’s economic powerhouses

SMEs are the lifeblood of Europe's economy, accounting for 85% of its workforce. But they need to innovate and invest to prosper.

SMEs are the lifeblood of Europe's economy, accounting for 85% of its workforce. But they need to innovate and invest to prosper.

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Little Italian confidence despite return to growth says ISTAT

April brought a cold shower to Italian businesses after eight straight months of rises. ISTAT’s manufacturing confidence index registered a

April brought a cold shower to Italian businesses after eight straight months of rises. ISTAT’s manufacturing confidence index registered a

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Italian economy predicted growth after three-year recession

The Italian economy could post its first year of expansion in 2015 after a three-year recession. That’s a prediction by the Organisation for

The Italian economy could post its first year of expansion in 2015 after a three-year recession. That’s a prediction by the Organisation for

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What is social innovation and why is it good for business?

Social innovation is one of the fastest growing trends in Europe. Its founded on the idea that social needs can be met while creating competitiveness

Social innovation is one of the fastest growing trends in Europe. Its founded on the idea that social needs can be met while creating competitiveness

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Rome: tens of thousands protest labour reform plans

Tens of thousands have taken to the streets of Rome protesting against Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s plans to overhaul the labour market. Renzi has

Tens of thousands have taken to the streets of Rome protesting against Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s plans to overhaul the labour market. Renzi has

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Spanish telecoms group Telefonica buys stake in Mediaset

Spanish telecoms group Telefonica has agreed to buy an 11.1 percent stake in Mediaset, the Italian pay-TV business of Silvio Berlusconi, for 100

Spanish telecoms group Telefonica has agreed to buy an 11.1 percent stake in Mediaset, the Italian pay-TV business of Silvio Berlusconi, for 100

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Italian wages rise in May

Italian workers’ wages edged up in May. They rose 1.3 percent from the same month last year. That compared with April’s 30-year low of a 1.2

Italian workers’ wages edged up in May. They rose 1.3 percent from the same month last year. That compared with April’s 30-year low of a 1.2

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Italian Dolomites: not just for profit

In the stunning Cadore Valley in the heart of the Italian Dolomite mountains, for many years, the local economy thrived from making glasses but the

In the stunning Cadore Valley in the heart of the Italian Dolomite mountains, for many years, the local economy thrived from making glasses but the

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Italian management shake-up includes more gender equality

Italy’s state-backed companies are undergoing a major shake-up and a sexual revolution. Having pledged to break with old-style cronyism, New Prime

Italy’s state-backed companies are undergoing a major shake-up and a sexual revolution. Having pledged to break with old-style cronyism, New Prime

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Lapo Elkann: young entrepreneurs must be ready to challenge themselves

Lapo Elkann is known for his innovative designs and fashion flair. He is part of Italy’s famous Fiat family but has in his own words, “created my own

Lapo Elkann is known for his innovative designs and fashion flair. He is part of Italy’s famous Fiat family but has in his own words, “created my own

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Intesa Sanpaolo posts 4.5 bln euro loss on balance sheet clean-up

After writing off bad debts, Intesa Sanpaolo has posted a surprise full-year net loss of 4.55 billion euros. Shares of Italy’s biggest high street

After writing off bad debts, Intesa Sanpaolo has posted a surprise full-year net loss of 4.55 billion euros. Shares of Italy’s biggest high street

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How pen-pushers have taken over Italian democracy

We start this edition of Reporter with a guided tour by La Corriere della Sera journalist Sergio Rizzo “Rome is really the city which sums up all

We start this edition of Reporter with a guided tour by La Corriere della Sera journalist Sergio Rizzo “Rome is really the city which sums up all

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Italy getting easier ride on international bond market

The cost of borrowing for the Italian government continues to fall, and the economy has been given a further boost by a ratings agency upgrade

The cost of borrowing for the Italian government continues to fall, and the economy has been given a further boost by a ratings agency upgrade

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Italy goes after ratings agencies over downgrades

Italy’s top public finance watchdog has said it is investigating cuts that were made to Rome’s sovereign debt ratings in 2011 and 2012 The ratings

Italy’s top public finance watchdog has said it is investigating cuts that were made to Rome’s sovereign debt ratings in 2011 and 2012 The ratings

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Despair in Italy as unemployment numbers rise again

Italy’s jobless rate rose in November to a new record high of 12.7 percent. That month there were 55,000 fewer people in work compared with the

Italy’s jobless rate rose in November to a new record high of 12.7 percent. That month there were 55,000 fewer people in work compared with the

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Moncler shares jump on Milan debut

Monday’s most fashionable stock on the Milan market was Moncler. Its shares jumped more than 40 percent on their first day of trading. The

Monday’s most fashionable stock on the Milan market was Moncler. Its shares jumped more than 40 percent on their first day of trading. The

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Italian government approves tax-cut budget

The Italian government has approved next year’s budget with tax cuts shifting the burden to government bureaucracy from taxpayers in a bid to spark

The Italian government has approved next year’s budget with tax cuts shifting the burden to government bureaucracy from taxpayers in a bid to spark

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Italian politicians optimistic despite growth forecast cut

Italy has cut its forecasts for the economy. The cabinet now sees GDP shrinking 1.7 percent this year. Back in April it projected contraction of

Italy has cut its forecasts for the economy. The cabinet now sees GDP shrinking 1.7 percent this year. Back in April it projected contraction of

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Business networks provide strength through unity

Business Planet’s Serge Rombi has travelled to Italy to get a handle on business networks, an Italian antidote to the financial crisis. Reporting

Business Planet’s Serge Rombi has travelled to Italy to get a handle on business networks, an Italian antidote to the financial crisis. Reporting

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Political uncertainty hits Italian bonds

Worries over Italy’s fragile ruling coalition government and Rome’s plans to issue more debt this year are keeping the country’s borrowing costs

Worries over Italy’s fragile ruling coalition government and Rome’s plans to issue more debt this year are keeping the country’s borrowing costs