ROME (AP) — Italy's deputy transport minister has been placed under investigation in a corruption probe, becoming the latest political pawn in Italy's uneasy ruling coalition between the...
MILAN (AP) — The leader of Italy's 5-Star Movement called Thursday to award speedy citizenship to a 13-year-old Egyptian boy hailed as a hero for being the first to alert police that he and scores...
ROME (AP) — Italy's coalition government frayed further Friday over the stalled high-speed rail line to France, with the League insisting it go ahead and the 5-Star Movement refusing to fund the...
Italy’s economy minister: Alitalia won’t be nationalized
ROME (AP) — Italy's economy minister says there is no plan to nationalize Alitalia, the troubled airline that declared bankruptcy two years ago.
French ambassador returns to Italy following dramatic spat
ROME (AP) — France's ambassador returned to Italy on Friday, professing confidence that the two neighbors could deal with disagreements and work through their most serious diplomatic dispute since World War II.
Italian President Sergio Mattarella received the returning ambassador, the presidential Quirinal Palace in Rome said.
Ambassador Christian Masset gave him a letter from French President Emmanuel Macron inviting Mattarella to France.
French minister warns Italian populist over diplomat recall
PARIS (AP) — France's Europe minister says she hopes the "message was understood" by Italy after this week's stunning recall of France's ambassador to Italy in the two EU countries' biggest diplomatic dispute since World War II.
The main trigger for the crisis appeared to be Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio's meeting near Paris with members of the yellow vests, a French anti-government movement that is now seeking seats in the European Parliament.
France recalls ambassador to Italy after yellow vest meeting
PARIS (AP) — France recalled its ambassador to Italy on Thursday amid rising tensions after Italy's deputy prime minister met with French anti-government protesters and Italian leaders made critical public comments about French President Emmanuel Macron's government.
French Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Agnes von der Muhll said the ambassador was being brought back for "consultations" and urged Italy in a statement to work to restore friendly relations worthy of "our common destiny."
France summons Italian envoy over Di Maio’s migrant remarks
PARIS (AP) — France's Foreign Ministry summoned the Italian ambassador Monday over sharp anti-French comments from an Italian official about Europe's migrant crisis.
With Italy's government on the defensive over recent deaths at sea of migrants, Italian Deputy Premier Luigi Di Maio sought to shift the blame onto France. Speaking Sunday, Di Maio said France is leading colonial-style policies in Africa that are "impoverishing" Africans and driving them to Europe's shores.
The Latest: Italy deputy PM downplays France migrant remarks
BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migration crisis (all times local):
Italian Deputy Premier Luigi Di Maio has brushed off tensions with France over remarks about Europe's migrant crisis.
Di Maio said Sunday that France is leading colonial-style policies in Africa that are "impoverishing" Africans and driving them to Europe's shores.
France's Foreign Ministry then summoned the Italian ambassador over the comments.
Populist leader in Italy sees kinship with French protesters
ROME (AP) — An Italian government leader says his populist movement is ready to help anti-government protesters in France.
Deputy Premier Luigi Di Maio said his 5-Star Movement shares a quest for "direct democracy in Europe" with the French protesters.
A 5-Star senator, Ettore Licheri, said on Wednesday that Di Maio is trying to line up "potential allies," including populists in France, Poland, Croatia and Sweden, ahead of European Parliament elections in May,
Italian govt aids bank despite 5-Star anti-bailout rhetoric
ROME (AP) — Italy's populist government has stepped in to help guarantee struggling Banca Carige SpA, bending to pressure to help the Italian bank despite the ruling 5-Star Movement's longtime anti-bank bailout rhetoric.
The government passed a decree late Monday that guarantees future bond issues and foresees the possibility of a precautionary public recapitalization.
Italian leaders send conflicting messages on migrants at sea
ROME (AP) — The leaders of the populist parties that formed Italy's government sparred Saturday over more migrants stranded on private rescue vessels in the Mediterranean Sea, exposing cracks in their coalition's position on immigration.
German humanitarian groups Sea-Watch and Sea Eye are seeking a port where two ships can disembark passengers who were picked up from unseaworthy smugglers' boats, 32 of them on Dec. 22 and 17 more in recent days.
Italian Senate OKs budget, tweaked to satisfy EU concerns
ROME (AP) — After a raucous marathon session, the Italian Senate early Sunday approved a national budget law that was tweaked after the European Union objected to plans by Italy's populist government to satisfy expensive campaign promises with a large deficit.
The budget, which was revised by the government so the European Union wouldn't trigger sanctions, faces a Dec. 31 deadline for final approval in the lower Chamber of Deputies.
EU finance official says new Italian budget insufficient
MILAN (AP) — Italy's populist leaders say they back a revised budget submitted by Premier Giuseppe Conte to the EU Commission, following comments by the EU's top finance official that the changes are "insufficient."
Matteo Salvini of the League and Luigi Di Maio of the 5-Star Movement said Thursday: "We continue to support our proposal with conviction. We are people of good sense, but above all we remain faithful to what we promised citizens."
Italy’s labor minister embroiled in family business scandal
ROME (AP) — The father of Italy's labor and development minister apologized Monday for hiring workers off the books for his small construction firm but insisted his "errors" shouldn't reflect badly on his son.
A video posted Monday on the 5-Star Movement's Facebook page featured Antonio Di Maio, at times choking up, acknowledging he had hired workers without contracts and saying his business couldn't survive any other way.
Government offers to help Milan-Cortina bid for 2026 Games
ROME (AP) — Enjoying its status as the leading contender to host the 2026 Winter Olympics, the Milan-Cortina d'Ampezzo bid has received another boost with a funding promise from the Italian government.
Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said if "private funding isn't enough, we'll make the final push" to cover the remaining costs.
Italy’s doesn’t budge in clash with EU over budget deficit
MILAN (AP) — Italy's populist government maintained its controversial 2.4 percent budget deficit in responding to EU demands for changes, but made tweaks during a late-night Cabinet meeting Tuesday, including adding plans to sell off some government real estate.
Deputy Premier Luigi Di Maio told reporters in Rome that the government was not changing the ambitious social spending plans in its draft budget because "it is our conviction that this maneuver is what the country needs to relaunch."
Italian journalists protest against governing party insults
MILAN (AP) — Italy's leaders sought to affirm their commitment to a free press Tuesday after journalists protested around the country against insults emanating from prominent figures in the governing 5-Star Movement.
Milan-Cortina 2026 bid moves forward without gov’t funding
ROME (AP) — IOC president Thomas Bach has given his blessing for Milan's and Cortina d'Ampezzo's bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics to move forward without funding from the Italian government.
The candidacy is being supported exclusively — financially at least — by the regional governments of Lombardy and Veneto.
Ruling: Italy violated Mafia boss Provenzano’s human rights
MILAN (AP) — The European court of human rights in Strasbourg has ruled that Italy violated the rights of the late Mafia "boss of bosses" Bernardo Provenzano by maintaining strict anti-Mafia prison conditions in his last few months alive.
The court ruled Thursday that Italy was not justified in extending the strict prison conditions just months before Provenzano's death due to his "critical cognitive decline."
Italy approves final budget draft yet vows dialogue with EU
ROME (AP) — Italy's government vowed Saturday to engage in constructive talks with the European Union as it still gave final approval to a rule-busting budget and brushed off a ratings downgrade triggered by its higher-than-expected deficit targets.
Premier Giuseppe Conte said the budget plan was definitively approved by all forces at an emergency cabinet meeting Saturday that was called to respond to the EU concerns and resolve an internal government squabble.
Students protest Italy’s spending plans, burning effigies
MILAN (AP) — Students across Italy demonstrated against the government's education funding plans, in the first widespread show of dissidence against the new populist government.
Students demonstrated in 50 cities, including some 3,000 who ended their protest outside the Education Ministry in Rome. Hundreds gathered in the northern city of Turin, where protesters burned effigies of deputy premiers Matteo Salvini and Luigi Di Maio.
Alitalia relaunch to include Italian state ownership
MILAN (AP) — The Italian populist government's relaunch of the struggling Alitalia airline includes plans to take a 15-percent share and the inclusion of the state railway company as a strategic partner, says Economic Development Minister Luigi Di Maio.
The long-awaited details were revealed ahead of meeting with Alitalia union leaders and as the government awaits an Oct. 31 deadline for binding offers from other companies, a process that had been launched by the previous government.
Italy says ‘no plan B’ to spending plans despite EU alarm
ROME (AP) — Italy's deputy premier is vowing to press ahead with spending plans after the European Commission expressed "serious concern" over what it termed a "significant deviation" from previous targets.
Five-Star leader Luigi Di Maio said Saturday "there is no plan B" to plans that will increase the deficit to 2.4 percent of annual gross domestic product next year.
Italy digs in on spending, jolting markets and worrying EU
MILAN (AP) — Italy's leaders refused to budge from new spending plans that have been spooking investors, pushing the eurozone's third-largest economy on a collision course with its EU partners.
Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said Tuesday that the government "will not back up one millimeter" from spending that will increase the country's deficit to 2.4 percent of annual GDP, beyond previous commitments.
Italian stocks plunge on populist government’s plans
ROME (AP) — Italy's stock market fell sharply Friday after the populist, euroskeptic government announced a sharp public spending increase that will push the budget deficit to 2.4 percent of gross domestic product next year, risking a collision with the European Union.
The benchmark FTSE MIB dropped 4.6 percent by Friday afternoon, and helped drag down global markets, after the government announced its first financial targets since taking office three months ago.
Markets unnerved by questions around Italy’s public finances
MILAN (AP) — Tensions surrounding the spending plans of Italy's new populist government are weighing on the country's stocks and bonds. Some investors appear concerned Italy will break eurozone rules to satisfy election promises.
Italy's benchmark stock index was down 2 percent Thursday and the yield on the Italian government bond yield rose, a sign of investor caution.
Egypt’s president: ‘Strong will’ to find Italian’s killers
CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi told a visiting Italian official on Wednesday that there is a "strong will" to bring the killers of an Italian researcher to justice, an Egyptian spokesman said.
Giulio Regeni, a 28-year-old Cambridge University doctoral student who was studying labor unions in Egypt, was abducted in January 2016 and tortured for several days before his body was left on a desert highway north of Cairo.
EU warns Italy to refrain from threats in migrant crisis
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is warning Italy to refrain from issuing threats in the continuing migrant crisis after a prominent government member said that Rome could withhold part of its EU payments.
EU Commission spokesman Alexander Winterstein said Friday that "the European Union is a community of rules and it operates on the basis of rules, not threats."
ROME (AP) — He skipped a Cabinet meeting to attend a horse race and took a dip in a Tuscan villa's swimming pool to show he didn't fear the Mafia. He leads the junior party in Italy's populist coalition government, but he acts like he's the one running the country.
ROME (AP) — The Latest on the flow of migrants into Europe (all times local):
The leader of Italy's 5-Star Movement says the government's refusal to let a migrant ship dock — and Spain's offer to take it instead — marks a turning point in Europe's long migrant crisis.
ROME (AP) — The economist who tried to form an Italian government amid political gridlock said Friday he's "truly worried" that the costly measures on the new populist leaders' agenda will further swell Italy's national debt and trigger a negative reaction by the financial markets.
Carlo Cottarelli told reporters in Rome that a policy of increasing the public debt, as proposed by new Premier Giuseppe Conte, is "something that will leave Italy exposed to speculation" by the markets.
MILAN (AP) — When Italy's new premier attends a summit of world leaders this week, his counterparts may wonder whether they are speaking with the person truly in charge.
Premier Giuseppe Conte was a law professor and political novice when he was tapped for the job as a compromise by the leaders of two populist parties — 5-Star Movement's Luigi Di Maio and the League's Matteo Salvini — who relinquished their leadership claims for the sake of creating a government.
ROME (AP) — Italy's new populist government has easily won its second, and final, mandatory confidence vote in Parliament's lower chamber.
The result of the mandatory vote Wednesday among lawmakers in the Chamber of Deputies on Premier Giuseppe Conte's coalition was 350-236, with 35 abstentions. A political novice, Conte leads the euroskeptic coalition of the 5-Star Movement, which considers itself anti-establishment, and the right-wing, north-based League party.
ROME (AP) — Days after taking office, the two pillars of Italy's first populist government led rallies Sunday in Sicily to maintain their popular support while detailing their strategies for deporting migrants and implementing other campaign promises that helped put them in power.
ROME (AP) — Populists took power in Italy for the first time Friday with the swearing-in of a new government fusing in a coalition a political movement that delights in pillorying the establishment and a party whose anti-migrant, euro-skeptic politics have seen it soar in popularity.
MILAN (AP) — Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and the right-wing League succeeded Thursday in forming western Europe's first populist government, which will be headed by a political novice whose first try was rejected four days earlier as too risky for the Italian economy.
ROME (AP) — Italy's president, who is holding and playing a key card in the nation's fast-evolving political crisis, was a timid law professor abruptly thrust into public life when the Mafia gunned down his brother on a Sicilian street in 1980.
In the decades since, Sergio Mattarella has developed a reputation as a principled politician who has transformed what was viewed as a mainly ceremonial office into the dynamic role of defender of Italy's place in Europe.
ROME (AP) — Italy's president on Sunday vetoed a euro-skeptic choice for economy minister, foiling a bid by populists to form Italy's next government and increasing the prospects of a quick return to the polls, 12 weeks after national elections produced a political impasse.
MILAN (AP) — The populist parties in line to form Italy's next government are taking a page from Donald Trump's playbook: Go straight to voters and influencers with your message through social media engagement.
ROME (AP) — With Europe and markets watching anxiously, Italy edged toward its first populist government Monday as the euroskeptic 5-Star Movement and the right-wing League identified a 53-year-old law professor with no political experience as their pick to become the country's next premier.
Five-Star leader Luigi Di Maio named Giuseppe Conte as the choice after meeting with President Sergio Mattarella, saying Conte would be "a political premier of a political government."
ROME (AP) — The Latest on talks to form a government in Italy (all times local):
Right-wing leader Matteo Salvini says other European nations have no reason to worry about Italy's soon-to-be-born populist government.
The League party chief and fellow euroskeptic leader Luigi Di Maio, of the 5-Star Movement, told Italy's president Monday evening they're ready to form a coalition 11 weeks after inconclusive elections.
ROME (AP) — One of Italy's two main populist leaders said Sunday that he and his rival finally have agreed on who should be the next premier — neither of them -- in what would be the nation's first populist-led government.
Exactly 11 weeks after a parliamentary election with inconclusive results created political gridlock, League leader Matteo Salvini said he and 5-Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio have settled both on a choice for premier and the makeup of the Cabinet.
MILAN (AP) — Italian financial assets were hit hard Friday after the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and the right-wing League party unveiled a program that could clear the way to Italy's first populist government.
The platform includes a rollback on pension reform, a minimum salary for struggling Italians and the introduction of a flat tax, which will contribute to a large fiscal expansion that economists and EU policymakers worry will increase the country's debt burden.
ROME (AP) — Italy's two populist leaders are brushing off fears in Brussels and the markets over the outlines of their possible government, and are insisting they are close to a deal designed to help ordinary Italians.
ROME (AP) — Italy's rival populist leaders sought more time Monday to hash out a deal to govern together, with one side citing significant differences over how to stop the flood of migrants coming in and the other insisting his supporters have their say online before finalizing any coalition deal.
ROME (AP) — Italy's president has summoned rival populist leaders to see if they've nailed down a coalition deal, more than 10 weeks after elections yielded a political impasse.
Luigi Di Maio, who leads the 5-Star Movement, and Matteo Salvini, head of the anti-migrant League, have separate appointments to brief Italy's head of state, President Sergio Mattarella, later Monday at the Quirinal Palace.
ROME (AP) — An Italian political leader has dismissed worries that a populist government he is trying to form would pose a threat to Europe.
Luigi Di Maio, who leads the euroskeptic 5-Star Movement, told reporters Friday he made "notable" progress in his meeting earlier in the day with Matteo Salvini, who heads the right-wing League party.
The two aim to forge a government with their forces, who together account for roughly half of the lawmakers elected in the March 4 parliamentary election.