Racism in Italy: Premier praises life ban for soccer fan
ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte has applauded a lifetime ban for a soccer supporter who racially abused Roma defender Juan Jesus on social media.
Renzi splits Italy’s Democrats, shaking govt coalition
ROME (AP) — Former Italian Premier Matteo Renzi has left the ruling Democratic Party to set up a new centrist force, in a risky move that further weakens the already shaky government forged only...
ROME (AP) — A doctor who has treated migrants saved at sea and a prominent anti-Mafia prosecutor were among the candidates presented Friday by Italy's largest opposition party to run in the...
ROME (AP) — Italy reported the first glimpse of progress on forming a possible government after inconclusive March 4 elections, with the latest round of exploratory talks between the populist 5-Star Movement and the center-left Democrats yielding a "positive outcome."
But the path to forming a government that can win a parliamentary majority still is long and uncertain, given the Democrats are badly divided between those willing to negotiate a deal with the 5-Stars and those opposed.
Italy’s Democrats reject kingmaker role after Renzi resigns
MILAN (AP) — Former Italian Premier Matteo Renzi formally resigned Monday as leader of the Democratic Party following its crushing election defeat, with the interim leader maintaining the party line of refusing a kingmaker role in a new Italian government.
Renzi challenges Italy’s Democrats over support for 5-Stars
ROME (AP) — Former Italian Premier Matteo Renzi on Tuesday challenged members of his defeated Democrats to publicly declare if they'll support the populist 5-Star Movement, throwing down the gauntlet as he tries to prevent his party from fracturing and backing its political nemesis.
ROME (AP) — The Latest on Italy's parliamentary election (all times local):
Italy's ex-Premier Matteo Renzi says his center-left party will not join any government led by the anti-immigrant League party or the populist 5-Star Movement, the two victorious forces in Italy's election.
Italian election campaign thrives on trash talk
ROME (AP) — In Italy's general election campaign, Rome's uncollected garbage has become fodder for politicians — and at least one pig.
The capital's dirty streets, lined with brimming-over, nasty-smelling garbage bins, are providing a handy way to trash the performance of Mayor Virginia Raggi, arguably the most high-profile office-holder of the 5-Star Movement. The populist party is leading in opinion polls and chasing its first premiership in the March 4 vote.
The Latest: Italian government sets election for March 4
MILAN (AP) — The Latest on Italy's next general election (all times local):
The Italian government has set March 4 as the date for the next parliamentary election, formally launching what is shaping up to be a bruising campaign.
The decision Thursday was made after President Sergio Mattarella formally dissolved the sitting legislature following meetings with Premier Paolo Gentiloni and the heads of both houses of parliament.
Center-right gains momentum in Sicily toward 2018 vote
MILAN (AP) — Both a center-right coalition backed by former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi and the populist 5-Star Movement claimed momentum going into a national election next year following the results of Sicily's regional vote on Monday.
Center-right candidate Nello Musumeci garnered 39.9 percent of the vote representing four parties including Berlusconi's Forza Italia and the Northern League, with most precincts counted.
ROME (AP) — Italy's ruling center-left Democratic Party is picking up the pieces after a weekend drubbing in local elections while former Premier Silvio Berlusconi is basking in his latest political rebound and an alliance with an anti-immigrant right-wing party.
Democratic leader Matteo Renzi acknowledged internal divisions that have torn the Democratic Party apart, saying in a Facebook post Wednesday that he wanted to move beyond them to confront the issues that Italians care about.
Center-right set to win top race in Italian mayoral runoffs
ROME (AP) — Exit polls early Monday indicated that center-right forces, including an anti-immigrant party, were headed to victory in several key mayoral runoffs, two weeks after a first round of voting saw most populist candidates eliminated in all big cities up for grabs.
ROME (AP) — Italians and tourists alike are struggling to get around as a nationwide transport strike has forced the cancellation of Alitalia flights, the closure of subway stations and the suspension of bus service.
Huge lines formed at taxi stands in Rome and Milan, where temperatures in the low 30s (mid-80s) added to the discomfort for frustrated commuters and tourists.
ROME (AP) — The leaders of Italy's two biggest political parties are trading blame for the latest failed attempt in Parliament to overhaul the country's electoral system to yield more stable, effective governments.
Italy’s Renzi easily in Democratic Party primary
ROME (AP) — Former Premier Matteo Renzi regained the Democratic Party leadership, handily winning a Sunday primary that he hopes will bolster the center-left's ability to counter growing support for populist politicians in Italy ahead of national elections.
Former Italian PM Renzi says EU must change to survive
BRUSSELS (AP) — Former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi says that the European Union must fundamentally change and get closer to its citizens if it is to survive.
Renzi said in Brussels, where he is finishing his campaign to reclaim leadership of the Italian Democratic Party, that "Europe needs radical change" after last year's British vote to leave the bloc and the rise of populism across the continent.
Italy’s Renzi brushes off schism, positions self for future
ROME (AP) — Former Italian Premier Matteo Renzi brushed off a fracture within his ruling Democratic Party on Tuesday as he positioned himself to retake its leadership three months after suffering a humiliating defeat.
A left-leaning faction within the Democrats failed to show up at a decisive party meeting Tuesday after threatening a schism ahead of a national parliamentary election later this year or in 2018.
Italy’s Renzi resigns as party chief, seeks renewed mandate
ROME (AP) — Former Italian Premier Matteo Renzi resigned on Sunday as leader of his fractious Democratic Party in a bid to win a fresh, stronger mandate before parliamentary elections which populist political forces hope will propel them into national power for the first time.
Renzi to Italy’s feuding Democrats: Populists are the enemy
ROME (AP) — Former Italian Premier Matteo Renzi admonished his Democratic Party on Monday to stop its internal squabbling and focus instead on defeating the populist politicians and protectionist politics gaining popularity in Europe.
Renzi repeatedly invoked the name of U.S. President Donald Trump while making a pitch to other top Democratic figures for a united front ahead of a national election that might come as soon as the spring.
Italian parties call for quick elections after court ruling
ROME (AP) — Lawmakers from across Italy's political spectrum are calling for quick elections after the constitutional court ruled the current electoral law can be used.
The majority Democratic Party, the leading opposition 5-Star Movement, the smaller anti-immigrant Northern League all called for immediate elections after the court ruled Wednesday.
Italy’s constitutional court mulls electoral law
ROME (AP) — Italy's constitutional court began hearing challenges Tuesday to the country's electoral law, the outcome of which could help determine when new elections are held.
The 2015 law under review governs elections for the lower, 630-seat Chamber of Deputies. Among other things it assigns a bonus to the majority party if it reaches a 40 percent threshold.
Italy arrests siblings accused of huge VIP hacking campaign
ROME (AP) — Police have arrested a brother-and-sister team suspected of conducting an ambitious, years-long campaign of hacking that targeted thousands of accounts belonging to some of the leading political and business figures in Italy.
The motive of the sprawling campaign, which carried Masonic overtones, remains a mystery. But those in the crosshairs included Matteo Renzi when he was Italian premier, European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi and much of the cream of Italy's elite.
Renzi vows to revamp Italian party, make it more humble
ROME (AP) — Recently drubbed by voters, Italian ex-Premier Matteo Renzi on Sunday exhorted his Democratic Party to be more humble and in synch with citizens as he eyes elections widely expected in 2017.
Renzi resigned after voters rejected a reforms referendum on Dec. 4.
Italy’s new premier wins 2nd confidence vote in his govt
ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni has won a second vote of confidence in Parliament, paving the way for his new government to lead Italy until it holds a new election.
The Senate voted 169-99 Wednesday in favor a day after the confidence measure easily passed Parliament's lower chamber.
Gentiloni now heads to the first major international meeting of his premiership — Thursday's European Council summit in Brussels — with Parliament's backing and his government in place.
AP Photos: Top Europe and Africa photos from 2016
LONDON (AP) — Across much of Europe and Africa, 2016 was a year of tumult. There were seismic shifts in politics, with the falls of prime ministers David Cameron of Britain and Matteo Renzi of Italy, both of whom stepped down after losing referendums. Iceland's prime minister resigned, triggering early elections, after protests over his offshore holdings, which were revealed in the Panama Papers leak. Europe itself often seemed to be falling apart amid disagreements about migration, money and sovereignty — an impression that was confirmed when Britons voted to leave the European Union.
Italy’s new government wins 1st of 2 confidence votes
ROME (AP) — Premier Paolo Gentiloni easily won a vote of confidence Tuesday night from the Italian Parliament's lower chamber for his new government, overcoming opposition outrage that his cabinet and agenda essentially mirror those of his humiliated predecessor.
Italy’s new government looks much like just-ended one
ROME (AP) — Italy's latest government was formed and rapidly sworn in Monday, a center-left coalition headed by new Premier Paolo Gentiloni and strikingly similar in makeup to the just-ended one that Matteo Renzi quit after a humiliating loss.
Economist Pier Carlo Padoan remains as finance minister of the new government, which inherits the same deteriorating banking crisis, stubbornly flat economy and other urgent problems that marked Renzi's tenure.
Troubled Italian bank MPS presses search for private capital
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Troubled Italian lender Monte dei Paschi di Siena said Sunday it is pressing ahead in its effort to raise 5 billion euros ($5.2 billion) from private investors — with time running short.
The bank's board issued a statement saying it would keep trying with a recovery plan outlined Oct. 25, under which it would issue new shares and, if permitted, ask bondholders to accept stock instead.
The Latest: Italy’s foreign minister asked to be new premier
ROME (AP) — The Latest on Italy's political crisis (all times local):
Italy's foreign minister, Paolo Gentiloni, says he has accepted a presidential mandate to try to form a new government and serve as premier.
Italian president: We need a new government urgently
ROME (AP) — Italy's president promised Saturday he'll decide "in the next hours" about who to tap as the next premier, saying the country needs a new government as soon as possible to tackle problems, like troubled banks and quake-struck towns needing reconstruction.
Matteo Renzi has been staying on as a caretaker premier following his resignation Dec. 7 after voters rejected his government-backed reforms, ending his nearly three-year center-left coalition.
Italy’s Monte dei Paschi denies ECB notice on deadline
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Shares in troubled Italian bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena plunged Friday following news reports that the bank's request for more time to raise new capital from investors had been rejected by regulators. But the bank said it hadn't received official notification and was planning to hold another board meeting on Sunday.
Italian populists renew anti-euro stance while eyeing power
ROME (AP) — A leader of Italy's populist 5-Star Movement is pressing for a vote on whether the country should keep the euro as its official currency, a pitch for support as the party eyes national power for the first time.
Alessandro Di Battista, one of the populist party's several leaders, said in comments published Thursday in La Repubblica newspaper that "euro and Europe aren't the same thing."
Renzi quits; search on for new leader to guide Italy to vote
ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Matteo Renzi resigned Wednesday evening, his self-inflicted penalty for staking his job on constitutional changes voters resoundingly rejected earlier in the week. He will stay in a caretaker's role at the request of Italy's president until a new government can be formed.
The Latest: Renzi asked to stay on as caretaker PM
ROME (AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Italy (all times local):
Italian Premier Matteo Renzi has resigned after a humiliating defeat on his reforms agenda that was central to his nearly three-year-long government.
ECB seen expanding stimulus amid Trump, Italy uncertainties
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Faced with weak growth and inflation across the 19-country eurozone, the European Central Bank is expected to extend its stimulus program for at least another six months when it concludes its policy meeting Thursday.
Last month's victory by Donald Trump in the U.S. election and the uncertainty generated by the recent Italian referendum, which prompted Premier Matteo Renzi to offer his resignation, will make the decision all the more straightforward, analysts say.
Obama tells Renzi that US, Italy will remain close allies
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is reassuring Italian Premier Matteo Renzi that Italy will remain one of the closest U.S. allies despite Renzi's defeat in a referendum on government-championed reforms.
Distressed Italian bank seeks investor with $1.1 billion
MILAN (AP) — Italy's political crisis spelled new trouble for the country's banks, with the third-largest lender, Monte dei Paschi di Siena, scrambling to secure a new investor and help it remain solvent.
Shares in the group, which is known as the world's oldest bank and performed worst in last summer's EU-wide stress test of banks, fell by as much as 4.2 percent Tuesday.
Greece gets short-term debt relief from eurozone
BRUSSELS (AP) — Greece won some short-term debt relief from European creditors on Monday even though it failed to clear the latest hurdle in its bailout program that has prevented the country going bankrupt and crashing out of the euro.
Renzi told to stay put a bit more; foes press for vote
ROME (AP) — Calls mounted rapidly Monday from populist and other opposition leaders for quick elections in Italy, seeking to capitalize on Premier Matteo Renzi's humiliating defeat in a referendum on government-championed reforms.
The president, though, told Renzi to stay in office a bit longer until a critical budget law is passed. Some officials say Parliament could pass that law as soon as the end of the week.
The Latest: Italy’s leader asks Renzi to delay resignation
ROME (AP) — The Latest on the Italian referendum (all times local):
Italy's president has asked Premier Matteo Renzi to delay stepping down until Parliament can pass a critical budget law due later this month.
Will Italy’s political drama spawn a new eurozone crisis?
LONDON (AP) — Italy's political upheaval has raised questions of whether the eurozone is headed for a new financial crisis that could once again put in doubt the future of the euro and roil global markets.
Some observers think there's a chance that the uncertainty generated by the announced resignation of Premier Matteo Renzi could exacerbate concerns about Italy's economy, banks and state finances. In a worst case, they say, that could see the country falling out of the 19-country eurozone.
Italy’s political landscape after referendum
MILAN (AP) — The outcome of the referendum on constitutional reforms in Italy has prompted Premier Matteo Renzi to announce his resignation after 2 ½ years in office. Here is a look at the political landscape in Italy following the result.
The center-left Democratic Party, or PD, has been left most battered by Renzi's resignation as prime minister following the defeat of his constitutional reforms.
Global shares mixed after Italy rejects constitution changes
BEIJING (AP) — Asian shares tumbled Monday while Europe opened higher after Italian voters rejected constitutional changes, raising questions over whether the country will stay in the European Union and keep using the euro.