A view of Florence from the hills. Photograph: Alexandra Garcia
Weekend in . . . Florence
  • Travel
  • October 13, 2014, 01:00

Florence was thrust into the spotlight in February when its mayor, the dynamic 39-year-old Matteo Renzi, became Italy’s youngest prime minister. Bu(...)

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Italy’s prime minister Matteo Renzi speaking at the first day of school at the Pino Puglisi Institute  in Palermo,on Monday. Renzi told parliament yesterday that the government’s reform package Italy’s ‘last chance’ to combat its chronic economic decline. Photograph: EPA

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Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi watches a Italian Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Lazio at the San Siro stadium in Milan on August 31st. Photograph: Reuters

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Federica Mogherini, who has been nominated as successor for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, whose term ends on October 31st. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

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Polish prime minister Donald Tusk and Italian foreign minister Federica Mogherini after they were elected to EU top jobs during the European leaders’ extraordinary summit at EU Council headquarters in Brussels on Saturday. Photograph: EPA/Olivier Hoslet

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Newly elected president of the European Council Donald Tusk pledged to work with British prime minister David Cameron over the coming years and “take(...)

US Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen with European Central Bank president  Mario Draghi at Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Photograph: Bloomberg/Bradly J Boner

Investors were not listening hard enough to Mario Draghi’s recent speech at Jackson Hole. If they were, they would have heard the sound of gears shift(...)