Italian PM sacks junior minister under probe for corruption

Europe 05/08/19, 10:05

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has sacked a junior minister from the right-wing League party in his uneasy coalition populist government who is under investigation for corruption.A cabinet meeting Wednesday decided to remove Armando Siri, a deputy minister for transport who has denied any wrongdoing.Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio ...

Italy’s top leaders in Tunisia to shore up ties, security

Europe 04/30/19, 06:35

Italy's prime minister and an array of top ministers on Tuesday were visiting Tunisia, a strategic and economic partner whose shared concerns include migration and the North African country's unstable neighbor, Libya.Present for the inter-governmental summit were Premier Giuseppe Conte, Deputy Premier Luigi Di Maio and anti-migrant Interior Minister Matteo ...

Call to speed Italian citizenship for boy who made SOS call

Europe 03/21/19, 12:12

The leader of Italy's 5-Star Movement says the country should grant citizenship to a 13-year-old Egyptian boy hailed as a hero for alerting police that he and his middle school classmates had been abducted by their bus driver.Luigi Di Maio said Thursday that Ramy Shehata "put his life at risk ...

France sending ambassador back to Italy following spat

Europe 02/15/19, 10:01

France is sending its ambassador back to Italy following the biggest diplomatic dispute between the two countries since World War II.France's European affairs minister, Nathalie Loiseau, said on RTL radio that Ambassador Christian Masset will return to Rome on Friday.Loiseau said Italian President Sergio Mattarella called French President Emmanuel Macron ...

French minister warns Italian populist over diplomat recall

Europe 02/09/19, 08:43

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 ...

France: Italy ambassador recall is an important warning

Europe 02/08/19, 07:02

France kept up pressure on Italy Friday amid their biggest diplomatic spat since World War II, as business leaders from both countries appealed to their leaders to restore calm.France's government spokesman said the recall of its ambassador to Italy is temporary, but sends an important signal to its historical ally ...

France recalls ambassador to Italy after yellow vest meeting

Europe 02/07/19, 09:32

France is recalling its ambassador to Italy amid mounting tensions after Italy's deputy prime minister met with French yellow vest protesters and a string of critical Italian comments toward French President Emmanuel Macron's government.French Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Agnes von der Muhll said in a statement Thursday that the ambassador is being ...

Update: France summons Italy envoy over migrant remarks

Europe 01/21/19, 13:10

The Latest on Europe's migration crisis (all times local):7:05 p.m.France's Foreign Ministry has summoned the Italian ambassador over sharp anti-French comments from Italy 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 ...

Populist leader in Italy sees kinship with French protesters

Europe 01/09/19, 16:02

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 ...

Italian leaders send conflicting messages on migrants at sea

World 01/05/19, 16:47

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 ...

Italy’s labor minister embroiled in family business scandal

Business 12/03/18, 14:06

The father of Italy's labor and development minister has apologized for hiring workers off the books for his small construction firm but insists his "errors" shouldn't reflect badly on his son.A video posted Monday on Facebook featured Antonio Di Maio acknowledging he hired workers without contracts.FILE -- In this Nov. ...

Investors snub Italian bonds amid budget spat with EU

Europe 11/22/18, 07:30

Investors are snubbing Italian bonds amid concerns over a dispute between the nation's populist government and the European Union's executive Commission.Orders for the four-year Italian bonds on Thursday reached 2.16 billion euros ($2.47 billion), well below the more than 8 billion euros expected and the second-worst result ever. The record ...

Italian journalists protest against governing party insults

Europe 11/13/18, 10:08

Italian journalists have protested across the country against insults from prominent figures in the governing 5-Star Movement.Journalists gathered in piazzas in regional capitals Tuesday to protest statements by 5-Star leader Luigi Di Maio and another prominent official labeling journalists "prostitutes," ''jackals" and "intellectually and morally corrupt."Journalists stage a protest in ...

Italian populist leader ‘guarantees’ nation won’t exit euro

Europe 11/09/18, 08:23

The head of one of Italy's ruling parties says he guarantees that Italy won't exit the euro currency bloc nor exceed its targeted deficit limit.Deputy Premier and Labor Minister Luigi Di Maio enjoys a coffee as he arrives for a press conference at the Foreign Press Association headquarters, in Rome, ...

Students protest Italy’s spending plans, burning effigies

Europe 10/12/18, 02:03

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 ...

Italy says ‘no plan B’ to spending plans despite EU alarm

Europe 10/06/18, 07:54

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 ...

Italian stocks plunge on populist government’s plans

Europe 09/28/18, 03:42

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 ...

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