Ivan Scalfarotto, a member of Mr Renzi’s Democratic party and secretary for constitutional reforms in the parliament, expressed his satisfaction with the decision, which was announced weeks after the politician ended a hunger strike in protest against Italy’s “serious human rights violation” on gay rights. Photograph: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images

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The plan, to raise about €4 billion from listing a 40 per cent stake in Poste Italiane on the Milan stock exchange in October, is the main plank of prime minister Matteo Renzi’s stalled drive to sell off state assets. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli

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An Taoiseach Enda Kenny spoke about the Greek situation during a  visit to the Irish pavilion at Expo Milano.  Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

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French EPP President Joseph Daul aat a European People’s Party meeting. He said: “no other country” has advanced without implementing structural reforms, as he criticised Syriza’s “political gambling.” Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

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British prime minister David Cameron at the EU  summit in Brussels. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

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Migrants disembark from a Norwegian vessel in the Sicilian harbour of Palermo. Photograph: Guglielmo Mangiapane/Reuters 2:07

European Union leaders have finally reached a highly conditional deal to help illegal immigrants who have fled across the Mediterranean in recent mont(...)

A migrant is carried  aboard the Germany navy’s frigate ‘Hessen’ earlier this month,  before being brought to the port of Palermo, Sicily. EPA/GERMANY NAVY

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Migrants camp at the seaside near the French border in Ventimiglia, Italy. Hundreds of migrants have headed to Ventimiglia over the past days, as French border police started systematically turning back people crossing over illegally. Photograph: Luca Zennaro/EPA

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Migrants protect themselves with emergency blankets against  a sudden rainstorm  on the sea wall at the Saint Ludovic border crossing between  Italy and France on Sunday,  June 14th. Photograph:  Jean-Pierre Amet/Reuters 0:44

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Germany soldiers helping migrants in rubber dinghies to board the German navy’s frigate “Hessen” following a rescue operation at an unspecified location in the Mediterranean Sea yesterday

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