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Italy's angry taxi protests called off

Taxi drivers in Italy have called off their protests over delays to legislation regulating the ride-hire app Uber and other services. A deal has been reached with the government.

Taxi drivers in Italy have called off their protests over delays to legislation regulating the ride-hire app Uber and other services. A deal has been reached with the government.

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Italy's gay sex club scandal

A top discrimination official has resigned after accusations that government funds meant to promote diversity projects and tackle racism had been earmarked for gay sex clubs masquerading as cultural c

A top discrimination official has resigned after accusations that government funds meant to promote diversity projects and tackle racism had been earmarked for gay sex clubs masquerading as cultural c

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Former Italian PM Renzi steps down as Democratic Party leader

As expected Italy's former premier Matteo Renzi has resigned as leader of the Democratic Party in the hope that he can return to politics in a stronger position before an election is due early next ye

As expected Italy's former premier Matteo Renzi has resigned as leader of the Democratic Party in the hope that he can return to politics in a stronger position before an election is due early next ye

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Italy: Clashes at protest rally against far-right

Tension flared in Italy on Saturday on the fringe of a largely-peaceful demonstration against a meeting of European far-right political groups.

Tension flared in Italy on Saturday on the fringe of a largely-peaceful demonstration against a meeting of European far-right political groups.

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Italy: Calls for immediate election after court ruling

Italy’s Constitutional Court has modified a contested electoral law, in a move that could pave the way for early elections this year.

Italy’s Constitutional Court has modified a contested electoral law, in a move that could pave the way for early elections this year.

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Italy: 5-star Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi in 'abuse of office' probe

Rome’s first female mayor is under investigation over the appointment of the brother of her former right-hand man, who is currently in custody suspected of…

Rome’s first female mayor is under investigation over the appointment of the brother of her former right-hand man, who is currently in custody suspected of…

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Italian court to review voting law

Italy’s Constitutional Court plays a regular part in Italian politics but the country’s new electoral law, or Italicum as its known, may give it a reduced role in…

Italy’s Constitutional Court plays a regular part in Italian politics but the country’s new electoral law, or Italicum as its known, may give it a reduced role in…

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Italy moves ahead with 20 billion euro bank rescue plan

Italy's parliament has approved a 20 billion euro plan to prop up the country's weaker banks, starting with a bailout for Monte dei Paschi di Siena.

Italy's parliament has approved a 20 billion euro plan to prop up the country's weaker banks, starting with a bailout for Monte dei Paschi di Siena.

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Italian banking crisis looms

The Italian government is reportedly ready to pump 15 billion euros into Monte dei Paschi di Siena, and other troubled Italian banks.

The Italian government is reportedly ready to pump 15 billion euros into Monte dei Paschi di Siena, and other troubled Italian banks.

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Italy's new prime minister wins confidence vote staving off political turmoil

Italy’s caretaker prime minister Paolo Gentiloni has won the backing of the Senate in a confidence vote allowing his government to take office, turning the political turmoil down from boil to…

Italy’s caretaker prime minister Paolo Gentiloni has won the backing of the Senate in a confidence vote allowing his government to take office, turning the political turmoil down from boil to…

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Italian Prime Minister wins initial vote of confidence

Paolo Gentiloni needs to win votes of confidence in both houses of parliament. He easily won the first in the lower chamber by 368 to 105.

Paolo Gentiloni needs to win votes of confidence in both houses of parliament. He easily won the first in the lower chamber by 368 to 105.

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Gentiloni unveils Italy's new government

The prime minister-designate has kept almost all the outgoing ministers in place in a sign of continuity commentators say is aimed at reassuring the financial markets.

The prime minister-designate has kept almost all the outgoing ministers in place in a sign of continuity commentators say is aimed at reassuring the financial markets.

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Paolo Gentiloni to be Italy's new prime minister

Caretaker Prime Minister Matteo Renzi resigned last week after losing a referendum on constitutional reform.

Caretaker Prime Minister Matteo Renzi resigned last week after losing a referendum on constitutional reform.

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Italy's president starts talks to resolve political turmoil

Italy’s president has begun talks with political leaders to find a quick resolution to the political crisis unfolding in the country following the resignation of prime minister Matteo…

Italy’s president has begun talks with political leaders to find a quick resolution to the political crisis unfolding in the country following the resignation of prime minister Matteo…

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Markets shiver but don't catch cold over Italian political turmoil

Markets were a little edgy at the opening - the Milan stock exchange fell as much as 2 percent - but most investors don't expect the country will leave the euro zone.

Markets were a little edgy at the opening - the Milan stock exchange fell as much as 2 percent - but most investors don't expect the country will leave the euro zone.

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Five knock-on effects of Renzi's referendum defeat

Italy is today searching for a new prime minister after the resignation of Matteo Renzi, who quit after losing Sunday’s referendum on constitutional reforms.

Italy is today searching for a new prime minister after the resignation of Matteo Renzi, who quit after losing Sunday’s referendum on constitutional reforms.

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Italian PM suffers heavy defeat in constitutional vote

Italians have voted to reject constitutional reforms in a referendum largely seen as a confidence vote in their prime minister.

Italians have voted to reject constitutional reforms in a referendum largely seen as a confidence vote in their prime minister.