German chancellor Angela Merkel: “The commission has made clear that what has been put on the table so far is insufficient.” Photograph: Joerg Carstensen/EPA

Italy reacted angrily yesterday to demands from German chancellor Angela Merkel that it enact more reforms to bring its 2015 budget in line with EU fi(...)

Italian marines prepare to check and document African migrants after transporting them from a commercial ship to a navy vessel in the Mediterranean Sea between Italy and Libya early in October   2014. Photograph: Lynsey Addario/The New York Times)

The Italian navy will continue a search and rescue mission which has saved the lives of an estimated 150,000 refugees because no order has been receiv(...)

On Monday, Italy and later France published letters to commision vice president for economic affairs Jyrki Katainen outlining adjustments to next year’s budgets that would further trim deficits

The European Commission called tweaks to France and Italy’s 2015 budgets “useful and constructive” on Tuesday as it prepared to decide whether the cou(...)

Silvio Berlusconi: analysts will be watching the country that, three years ago, nearly single-handedly sank the euro under the media tycoon’s stewardship. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty

  The Italian government yesterday reacted calmly to the results of the European Central Bank’s stress tests, identifying Italy as the cou(...)

The Thai government has introduced insurance for visitors whose policies have a null-and-void provision due to the coup in May

INSURANCE FOR THAILAND The Thai government has introduced online travel insurance for visitors whose policies have a null-and-void provision d(...)

An Alitalia logo sits on the wing of an aircraft operated by Alitalia during its flight from Fiumicino airport in Rome. Photographer: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

Abu Dhabi’s state-owned Etihad Airways said today it had agreed principal terms and conditions to buy a 49 per cent stake in Italy’s loss-making airli(...)

People take part in a rally calling for lower taxes and better protection for small enterprises in downtown Rome

For how long will the “C” factor work for Italian prime minister-in-waiting Matteo Renzi? The “C” in question stands for “culo” (arse) which co(...)

Hordes of anti-European parties are preparing to march on the gates of Brussels. Photograph: Reuters/Francois Lenoir

The euro crisis is not over, but one important shift has taken place. The policy debate has concluded. The decision not to set up a common backstop fo(...)

European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi says the EU risks not doing enough to prevent another financial crisis. As bond-market pressure on policy mak(...)

The Maserati Ghibli S Q4 at the  Guangzhou 2013 Auto Show in China. Photograph: Kin Cheung/AP

Fiat is continuing to play its product plans close to its chest. At the last report it will be April before an official announcement is made regarding(...)