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Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte with finance minister Giovanni Tria in June. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

Italy’s government may offer the European Commission a minor concession when it resubmits its budget after an unprecedented rejection last month. The(...)

  Italian vice premier and labour minister Luigi Di Maio during question time at the Chamber of Deputies, Rome . Photogrpah: Alessandro Di Meo/EPA

Italy’s deputy prime minister Luigi Di Maio on Thursday reiterated his country had no plans to leave the single currency, but it would not change its (...)

Plans from Italy’s populist coalition government to sharply increase government spending have unnerved financial markets. Photograph: The New York Times

Italy’s economy minister insisted his government will reduce the country’s budget deficit from 2020 onwards, in a small concession to Brussels ahead o(...)

Demonstrators protest  against the arrest of Riace mayor Domenico  Lucano, in Rome, Italy. Photograph:  Claudio Peri/EPA

A town mayor in the south of Italy, who is known for his innovative approach to welcoming asylum seekers, was put under house arrest on Tuesday for al(...)

The Autostrade per l’Italia headquarters, in Rome. Photograph: Andrew Medichini/AP Photo

Italy’s sovereign debt may swell by as much as €9.4 billion if the government goes ahead with plans to nationalise the toll roads run by Atlantia’s un(...)

Disasters such as the collapse of the Morandi bridge in Genoa are usually followed by a period of shock and mourning. Photograph: Piero Cruciatti/AFP/Getty Images

The horrifying collapse of the Morandi bridge in Genoa, resulting in 39 deaths, has presented Italy’s populist government with its first major test an(...)

Rescuers work among the rubble and wreckage of the Morandi motorway bridge in Genoa on Friday,  three days after a section collapsed. Photograph: Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty Images

Italy’s government on Friday formally launched the procedure to revoke concessions held by Autostrade per l’Italia to operate toll highways after the (...)

The collapsed Morandi Bridge is seen in the Italian port city of Genoa. Photograph: Reuters

Italy’s biggest toll-road operator came under heavy stock market attack on Thursday after Rome criticised it for a deadly bridge collapse this week, m(...)

Italy’s interior minister and deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini: those who knew him believed he was a true ideologue. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

In the early years, when he was still a secessionist who believed northern Italy should break off and become an independent state called Padania, Matt(...)

German NGO mission “Lifeline” with migrants rescued in international waters: Malta and Italy have  refused to let the vessel dock on their shores. Photograph: Hermine Poschmann

As Italy and Malta again turned back a shipful of 239 rescued refugees, European leaders from 17 member states met on Sunday in Brussels hoping agains(...)

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