ROME (AP) — The center-left governor of Rome's region was chosen in a primary Sunday to lead Italy's struggling Democratic Party and its bid to reverse slumping popularity.
Italian PM in Romania for talks on Brexit
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni on Thursday discussed the future of Europe after Britain leaves the European Union next year in talks with top Romanian leaders.
Gentiloni met Romanian counterpart Viorica Dancila and then headed for talks with President Klaus Iohannis.
Gentiloni said Europe was "experiencing a moment of uncertainties and difficulties," in trying to balance the interest of individual countries within the context of the EU.
ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni formally resigned Saturday following the election of new parliament speakers, but was immediately asked by the president to stay on while the country's political factions jostle to try to form a new government.
Italy's inconclusive March 4 election saw a surge in populist and right-wing sentiment but produced no majority in parliament.
Italians stage protests in violence-marred election campaign
ROME (AP) — Italians demonstrated Saturday against racism, revivals of fascism, labor reforms, mandatory vaccines and other hotly-debated issues, at some points clashing with police, as antagonism flared between far-left and far-right activists in a violence-marred election campaign.
It was the last weekend for political rallies ahead of Italy's March 4 national election, and protesters held at least a dozen marches or rallies in several Italian cities.
Anti-fascist demonstrators clash with police in Italy
ROME (AP) — Anti-fascist demonstrators have clashed with police in the northern Italian city of Turin as another night of violence has erupted in the waning days of Italy's divisive election campaign.
Police fired water cannons Thursday night against the demonstrators, who were marching as the far-right CasaPound party was meeting in Turin.
Italy warns of election threat as rival parties court Russia
ROME (AP) — Italian government officials are warning of possible foreign interference in the March 4 general election, sounding the alarm following the U.S. indictment of Russian trolls and evidence of Russian-sourced fake news on popular Italian platforms.
Italian premier expects stable government after March vote
BERLIN (AP) — Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni said Friday he expects his country to continue to have a pro-European government after next month's elections, rejecting suggestions that growing populism might force a change of course in Italy.
Speaking after a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, Gentiloni told reporters that he believes "Italy will have a stable government, and I don't see the risk of a government led by populists or anti-Europeans in my country."
Italian lawmakers pass anti-terror military mission to Niger
ROME (AP) — Italian lawmakers have approved sending a military mission to Niger to combat human trafficking and terrorism.
The vote in the Chamber of Deputies on Wednesday was likely lawmakers' last session before a March 4 election.
Mediterranean leaders say EU citizens should have their say
ROME (AP) — Seven Mediterranean countries are encouraging citizens to have their say on the European Union's future in coming months.
Leaders from Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Malta, Greece and Cyprus met over dinner in Rome on Wednesday night to craft common strategy ahead of full EU meetings later this year.
Italian government sets parliamentary election for March 4
MILAN (AP) — The Italian government on Thursday set March 4 as the date for electing the next parliament, formally launching what is shaping up to be an especially bruising campaign.
The general election was scheduled after President Sergio Mattarella dissolved the sitting legislature, following a meeting in Rome with Premier Paolo Gentiloni and the leaders of both houses.
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.
Italy plans to deploy antiterrorism military forces in Niger
ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni is proposing deploying an Italian military force in Niger over the next few months to combat human trafficking and terrorism.
He says the Italian Parliament will be asked to approve transferring some of the troops now in Iraq to the African nation, a major route for migrant traffickers. He cited no numbers as he spoke Sunday aboard the Italian naval vessel Etna, which has rescued migrants from traffickers' foundering boats in the Mediterranean.
Italy premier in Tunisia to discuss migration, Libya, terror
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Italy's premier has met with Tunisian leaders during a two-day working visit to discuss terrorism, migration and the impact of the chaotic situation in Libya, subjects that deeply touch both countries.
Fiat Chrysler and Eni cooperating on emissions reductions
MILAN (AP) — The CEOs of Italian-American carmaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles SpA and Italian energy giant ENI have agreed to jointly develop technologies to reduce carbon emissions from vehicles.
The companies signed the agreement Tuesday in Rome with Premier Paolo Gentiloni that broadly focus on technologies related to compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas - alternative fuels in which Italy has long been a market leader.
Italian premier open to talks with regions eyeing autonomy
ROME (AP) — Italy's leader says the government is willing to open talks with representatives of two wealthy regions after voters there overwhelmingly passed referendums seeking greater autonomy from Rome.
Premier Paolo Gentiloni said "it's possible, it's probable" that certain services could work better if Lombardy and Veneto acquired greater powers from the central Italian government.
France, Italy reach shipyard deal with high ambitions
LYON, France (AP) — The leaders of France and Italy announced a deal Wednesday that allows Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri to take control of France's STX shipyard with a shared goal of creating a world behemoth in the naval industry.
The deal also brings an end to a weekslong dispute between the two countries after France had unexpectedly blocked a takeover by Fincantieri this summer, citing job and strategic concerns.
The Latest: Leaders of France, Italy announce shipyard deal
LYON, France (AP) — The Latest on the negotiations between France and Italy over ownership of France's STX shipyard (all times local):
The leaders of French and Italy have announced a deal allowing Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri to take control of France's STX shipyard.
The deal announced Wednesday by French President Emmanuel Macron, speaking alongside Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni in the French city of Lyon, ends a weekslong dispute between the two countries.
Leaders to tech firms at UN: Remove terror posts in 2 hours
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The leaders of Britain, France and Italy are setting an ambitious goal for tech companies to tackle online posts that promote terrorism: Take them down within an hour or two.
Convening world and tech leaders Wednesday at the United Nations, British Prime Minister Theresa May said internet companies are making progress but need to go "further and faster" to keep violent extremist material from spreading online.
Italy’s premier says committed to citizenship legislation
ROME (AP) — Premier Paolo Gentiloni says he's still committed to passing legislation to let immigrants' children become Italians, after his Democratic Party lawmakers acknowledged they don't have the votes to pass it in parliament.
Speaking Thursday in Greece, Gentiloni said there's still time before the end of the year to pass the bill. He said: "Here we are still in the summer, as you can see, and the commitment that we described for weeks surely remains. It is a work that needs to be done."
Prime ministers of Greece, Italy meet on Corfu
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The prime ministers of Greece and Italy have stressed that European countries should share the burden of dealing with migration.
Italy's Paolo Gentiloni and his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras spoke Thursday on the western Greek island of Corfu, where talks also included the financial crisis and the European Union's relations with Turkey.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on asylum-seekers and refugees in Europe (all times local):
The Libyan parliament has voiced strong opposition to the planned deployment of Italian navy vessels to Libya's territorial waters to help the coast guard curb the flow of migrants.
The parliament based in eastern Libya warned that such a move would be "exporting the illegal migration crisis to Libya" by sending migrants stopped at sea back to Libya.
Italy, France seek shipyard deal by September summit
MILAN (AP) — Italy and France agreed Tuesday to work on resolving their dispute over an Italian shipbuilder's bid to take over a French shipyard, giving themselves until the end of September.
But Italian Economic Minister Pier Carlo Padoan said Italy would not budge on its objection to France's move to limit the shipbuilder, state-controlled Fincantieri, to a 50-percent stake in the Saint-Nazaire shipyard.
Italy focuses on Libya mission to manage migrant crisis
MILAN (AP) — Italy is putting its hopes for managing the migrant crisis on a new, Libya-requested mission to support the North African nation's coast guard despite suffering a rebuke by humanitarian groups.
Ministers were briefing parliamentary committees Tuesday on a Cabinet-approved mission that would deploy Italy's navy to assist the Libyan coast guard in patrolling its territorial waters. A vote could come as early as Wednesday.
MILAN (AP) — Italy on Friday approved sending Italian naval ships to help the Libyan coast guard combat migrant trafficking following a request by the North African nation.
The measure is part of efforts to stanch the flow of hundreds of thousands of migrants who are smuggled out of Libya across the Mediterranean Sea to Europe each year by traffickers using unseaworthy boats.
The Latest: EU to spend millions training,
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the flow of migrants into Europe (all times local):
The Italian government has approved sending Italian naval units to help Libya's coast guard combat migrant trafficking.
Premier Paolo Gentiloni said Friday that the measure, requested by the Libyan government, represents "a significant contribution to reinforcing Libyan sovereignty. It is not an operation that we take against Libya sovereignty."
ROME (AP) — Sending Italian naval units to help Libya's coast guard could prove to be a "turning point" in efforts to stop traffickers from sending hundreds of thousands of migrants toward Italy's southern shores, Premier Paolo Gentiloni said Thursday.
MILAN (AP) — With Italians showing increasing discontent over unabated migrant arrivals and European partners not responding to pleas to ease Italy's burden, the country's leaders are considering what many have dubbed the nuclear option: approving emergency visas for migrants that could allow them unrestricted travel in Europe.
Italy warns EU must keep door open to Balkan members
TRIESTE, Italy (AP) — Italy warned Wednesday that the European Union must keep its doors open to eventual membership for Western Balkan countries or risk allowing Russia and other global powers to increase their influence in the region.
Premier Paolo Gentiloni said enlarging the EU "isn't around the corner" but must be held out as a concrete possibility for aspirants Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.
TRIESTE, Italy (AP) — The Latest on the European Union summit with Western Balkan countries hoping to join the bloc (all times local):
French President Emmanuel Macron is acknowledging France hasn't done its part in welcoming migrants during the influx Europe has experience during the last several years.
But Macron says there is a "profound" distinction that must be made between economic migrants and refugees fleeing war or persecution at home.
ROME (AP) — Italy's leader pressed his European Union allies Thursday to take in more migrants, saying the relentless arrival of tens of thousands on Italy's shores is putting his country under enormous strain. He spoke after 10,000 migrants were pulled to safety from the Mediterranean Sea in the last few days alone and were heading to Italy.
ROME (AP) — The Italian government on Sunday made 5.2 billion euros ($5.8 billion) of resources immediately available to keep operative two banks that the European Central Bank has deemed "failing or about to fail," sending them into insolvency procedures.
Premier Paolo Gentiloni defended the swift action by the government as vital for ensuring Italy's slow economic recovery isn't derailed by a "disorderly" failure of Veneto Banca and Banca Popolare di Vicenza.
ROME (AP) — Italy's premier says holders of accounts in two troubled Italian banks will have their savings guaranteed despite insolvency proceedings.
Premier Paolo Gentiloni was referring to Veneto Banca and Banca Popolare di Vicenza, each struggling with unpaid loans. The European Central Bank Friday night ruled those banks were "failing or about to fail."
ROME (AP) — Italy's premier says that world leaders will keep up the pressure on President Donald Trump to re-think his opposition to the Paris climate pact.
Paolo Gentiloni said Monday the Group of 20 meeting of major countries' leaders, on July 7-8 in Hamburg, Germany, would present the opportunity to lobby the U.S. administration.
Gentiloni announced last month at the Group of Seven he hosted in Sicily that Trump wasn't on board with the other participants in supporting the climate pact.
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.
MILAN (AP) — Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni says he shares German Chancellor Angela Merkel's sentiment that Europeans must take their future into their own hands.
During a press conference Tuesday with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Gentiloni affirmed the importance of ties with the United States, but said: "We have fundamentally different goals which we cannot renounce, such as climate."
WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth is likely to reach more dangerous levels of warming even sooner if the U.S. retreats from its pledge to cut carbon dioxide pollution, scientists said. That's because America contributes so much to rising temperatures.
MILAN (AP) — The Italian government on Friday made 12 vaccines mandatory for children attending school up to age 16 in an effort to combat what it characterizes as misinformation about vaccines.
The new measures followed an intense public debate over vaccines after a measles outbreak and political sniping over accusations that the populist 5-Star movement had emboldened anti-vaccine advocates.