Matteo Renzi

Renzi resigns as head of Italy's Democratic Party

Former Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi stepped down Sunday from his role as head of country's ruling Democratic Party, but left the door open for his potential return to the post.

Italy's Renzi ready to return to politics after referendum defeat

After picking himself up from a crushing referendum defeat that led to his ouster as Italy's prime minister, Matteo Renzi said in an interview on Sunday that he is working on his political comeback.

Italy's Renzi says referendum was "not a loss, but a super-loss"

Former Italian premier Matteo Renzi said Sunday that a referendum defeat that cost him his job was a huge setback, but aborted plans to reopen a leadership contest within his own Democratic Party (PD).

Italy's foreign minister Paolo Gentiloni set to become next premier

Italy's outgoing foreign minister Paolo Gentiloni got a presidential summons on Sunday, strongly suggesting that he was going to be asked to form a new government, ending a week-old political crisis.

Mattarella looking to usher in functioning Italian government quickly

Following crisis talks in Rome on Saturday, Italian President Sergio Mattarella said he will be taking steps soon to usher in a new government.

Italian president starts 48-hour round of talks on post-Renzi crisis

Italian President Sergio Mattarella was starting Thursday the hard slog of lifting his country from a political quagmire, triggered by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's resignation following a bruising referendum defeat.

Renzi quits as prime minister, leaving Italy in political quagmire

Italy was plunged into fresh political turmoil Wednesday, as Prime Minister Matteo Renzi resigned after complying with a request to oversee the parliamentary passage of key financial legislation.

Brexit campaign congratulates Italy on referendum rejection

A campaign that backed Britain's referendum to leave the European Union congratulates Italians on voting against a constitutional reform referendum on Sunday, which ultimately led to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi seeking resignation.

President tells Italy's Renzi to delay quitting until budget approved

Italian President Sergio Mattarella thwarted Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's plan to quickly resign on Monday by telling the government head to keep doing his job until parliament sorts out the nation's budget for next year.

Concerns high as Europe eyes post-Renzi Italy

Chancellor Angela Merkel led German and European leaders on Monday in expressing regret about Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's decision to stand aside after his parliamentary reform referendum was rejected by voters.

Italy president set to steer political crisis after Renzi resignation

Italian President Sergio Mattarella called for "calm" on Monday after Prime Minister Matteo Renzi announced his resignation in the wake of losing a crucial referendum on constitutional reforms.

Renzi set to hand in resignation after "clear-cut" referendum defeat

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi was due to tender his resignation on Monday after losing a crucial referendum on constitutional reforms that was seen by many as a plebiscite on his popularity.

Italy's Renzi concedes referendum defeat, announces resignation

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has conceded defeat on a referendum battle to approve constitutional reforms and said he would hand in his resignation to President Sergio Mattarella on Monday.

Renzi set for crushing referendum defeat, under pressure to resign

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi looked likely Sunday to make good on a promise to resign after early data suggested he had comprehensively lost a referendum on constitutional reforms sponsored by his government.

Italian voters reject Renzi's constitutional reforms, exit polls show

Italians have rejected reforms proposed by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, exit polls from a referendum show.

Hero to zero? Italy's Renzi puts career on the line in referendum

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi risks becoming Europe's youngest political has-been if Sunday's constitutional referendum does not go his way.

EU's Juncker: Renzi's reforms are "good," I hope he'll win referendum

The constitutional reforms due for a December 4 referendum in Italy are "good," European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said in an interview Sunday, adding he hoped that they will be approved.

Obama meets embattled EU leaders against backdrop of Trump win

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday hosted a meeting of European leaders with outgoing US President Barack Obama, who was on his last trip to the continent before handing over to president-elect Donald Trump early next year.

Last polls before Italy's referendum vote point to a 'no' victory

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is headed for a bruising defeat in a crucial constitutional referendum vote, the last surveys to be published before the December 4 ballot suggested Friday.

Italian constitutional reform: Prime Minister Renzi's big gamble

The constitutional reform on which Italians have to pass judgement in a December 4 referendum would be the most far-reaching institutional makeover for the country since it became a republic 70 years ago.

Italy's Renzi hoping for female outcome in US election

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi stopped short of declaring his support for Hillary Clinton the day before the US presidential election

Italy's Renzi says he can beat adverse poll data and win referendum

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said Sunday in Florence he was confident of winning a crucial referendum on constitutional reforms due in four weeks despite consistently negative opinion polls.

Renzi confirms referendum resignation plans, rules out delaying vote

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi confirmed Wednesday that he will resign if a December 4 constitutional referendum goes against him.

Italy's Renzi pledges relief for quake victims regardless of EU rules

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi pledged Monday quicker relief for earthquake victims, even if that came at the cost of defying European Union rules that seek to curtail governments' deficit spending.

EU queries Italy spending plans; Renzi threatens retaliatory veto

The European Commission has asked Italy to explain its spendthrift 2017 budget plans, it confirmed Wednesday, hours after Prime Minister Matteo Renzi threatened retaliatory measures against the bloc.

Germany's economy "has many problems," Italian premier Renzi says

Germany has "many" economic problems, including a large trade surplus which violates European Union rules, the leader of one of the bloc's most indebted countries, Italy's Matteo Renzi, charged on Friday.

Italy forecasts higher budget deficit for 2017

The Italian government has approved a budget for the coming year that forecasts a deficit of 2.3 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) instead of a previously forecast 2.0 per cent.

Italy wants to place migrant tragedy wreck in front of EU buildings

The remains of a shipwrecked boat that sank last year, killing at least 868 people, should be placed in front of European Union buildings as a memorial against "selfishness," Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi suggested Friday.

Italy slams "bureaucratic" EU rules ahead of budget

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, whose government is preparing austerity-busting spending plans, ridiculed European Union budget discipline rules on Wednesday, saying it is "unacceptable to even think" that they should be followed blindly.

Italy government downgrades growth forecasts to under 1 per cent

Italy's economy will grow at a slower pace and the country will be more indebted than previously anticipated, the government said Tuesday, as it revised economic forecasts in preparation for next year's budget law.

Italy's Renzi fed up with useless EU summits, demands real action

The European Union cannot keep holding meaningless summits that take no real decisions, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said Saturday, a day after blasting the bloc's latest get-together.

Renzi unhappy with Bratislava summit outcomes on migration, economy

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi says he is not happy with the decisions reached in Bratislava on tackling migration and economic challenges, and was therefore unable to share a podium with his French and German counterparts after the summit.

Merkel promises quake aid, agrees with Renzi on curbs to migration

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday promised to help Italy rebuild its earthquake-damaged towns, and joined ranks with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in calling for stricter European Union policies on migration.

Italy bishop at state funeral: Blame man, not God for quake tragedy

God cannot be blamed for the deadly earthquake that has devastated central Italy, a Catholic bishop said Tuesday, as he officiated a state funeral in Amatrice, the remote hilltop town worst hit by the tragedy.

Italy's Renzi pledges to "leave nobody alone" after quake

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi pledges assistance for the quake-hit region of central Italy, where at least 37 people have died.

Merkel, Renzi, Hollande meet to revive EU dream after Brexit shock

The leaders of Germany, France and Italy flew to a tiny Mediterranean island on Monday to honour a founding father of the European Union before brainstorming on the bloc's present-day crises, including migration, terrorism and Brexit.

Italy's Renzi: Brexit is not the end for the European Union

The European Union will not unravel after Britain's momentous decision to leave the bloc, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi says.

Renzi: Italy to hold election in 2018, no matter referendum's outcome

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi came under sharp criticism Monday, after he appeared to backtrack on statements saying he would resign if an upcoming constitutional referendum went against him, and promised only to hold general elections in 2018.

Italy's economic recovery stops, as GDP growth falls to zero in Q2

There was no economic growth in Italy in the second quarter of the year, official data showed Friday, indicating that a fragile recovery in the eurozone's third-largest economy had ground to a halt.

Italian court approves referendum on historic constitutional reform

Italy's top court said Monday enough signatures had been collected to hold a referendum on a landmark constitutional reform, paving the way for the vote to be held in the second half of November, according to an analyst.

Bundesbank chief: EU should not give Italy leader any special favours

European Union rules on budget discipline and bank bailouts should not be bent to accommodate Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's political needs, the president of the German central bank, or Bundesbank, said in an interview Thursday.

Italian bank shares crash, despite Renzi's reassurances on solidity

Italian banks suffered heavy losses on the Milan stock exchange on Tuesday, even after Prime Minister Matteo Renzi vouched for their solidity in the wake of mixed results in last week's Europe-wide stress tests.

Italy's premier denies friction with Dhaka over handling of attack

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Sunday rejected press reports suggesting that his government was unhappy about the way Bangladeshi authorities responded to the Dhaka terrorist attack that killed 20 civilians, including nine Italians.

Populist opposition overtakes Renzi's party in Italian opinion polls

Italy's populist opposition party, the Five Star Movement (M5S), would win the next general election against the ruling Democratic Party (PD) of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, according to a survey published Friday.

Italy's Renzi suggests "ad hoc" citizenship for young Britons abroad

Young Britons studying in another European Union country should be offered citizenship by their host nations to allow them to remain part of the bloc, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi suggested on Wednesday.

Italy's Renzi: EU can't waste time on Brexit procedures

The worst thing the European Union could do in the wake of the Brexit referendum is get trapped in procedural debates about Britain's exit from the bloc, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi says.

Italy premier weakened as populist opposition triumphs in Rome vote

Italy's main opposition party, the populist Five Star Movement (M5S), was early on Monday recognized as the landslide winner of mayoral elections in Rome, leaving Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his Democratic Party (PD) licking their wounds.

Renzi's party concedes defeat in Rome mayoral elections

The candidate put forward by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's Democratic Party (PD) concedes defeat against the populist Five Star Movement in elections for Rome mayor.

Italians vote in mayoral run-off elections - all eyes on Rome

Italians are voting Sunday in run-off mayoral elections in several cities but all eyes are on Rome, where a victory for the eurosceptic Five Star Movement (M5S) would be a blow to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

The toughest job in Italy's government: making bureaucracy "simple"

Marianna Madia, 35, is one of the youngest members of Matteo Renzi's reformist government with possibly the most difficult assignment: freeing Italy from the red tape that has dragged it down for decades.

Anti-establishment party gains on Renzi woes in Italy local elections

Italy's eurosceptic and anti-establishment opposition party, the Five Star Movement (M5S), made strong gains in a first round of nationwide local elections, while Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's Democrats (PD) suffered setbacks, results showed Monday.

Renzi bruised, populist opposition buoyed after Italy local elections

Italy's eurosceptic and anti-establishment opposition party, the Five Star Movement (M5S), made strong gains in a first round of nationwide local elections, while Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's Democrats (PD) suffered setbacks, results showed Monday.

Italy's Renzi eyes town of Taormina in Sicily for 2017 G7 summit

The picturesque town of Taormina, famous for its ancient Greek-Roman amphitheatre, should be the venue for the 2017 summit of the Group of Seven (G7) leading industrialized nations, Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said Thursday.

Italy's premier would "not have bet one euro" on Trump nomination

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said Tuesday he would "not have bet one euro" on real estate mogul Donald Trump winning the primary race to become Republican candidate for the US presidential elections.

Italy's ambassador to the EU recalled home after 47 days

Italy's ambassador to the European Union will leave his position, less than two months after being installed, to become minister for industry, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said in a surprise announcement.

Italy's Renzi: We don't need the Bundesbank to tell us what to do

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi rejects criticism voiced by Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann last week that Italy is not doing enough to reduce its public debt.

Merkel and Renzi meet in Rome to discuss EU migration reforms

An Italian plan to curb migration inflows from North Africa was expected to top the agenda of a Thursday meeting in Rome between Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

EU's Juncker to travel to Rome to discuss Brenner border crisis

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will travel to Rome next week to discuss the crisis at the Brenner Pass on the Austria-Italy border with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

Italy's Renzi: Closing Brenner Pass is "against history, logic"

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi says Austrian plans to reintroduce border controls at the Brenner Pass are fundamentally misguided.

Renzi: Closing borders won't work, terrorists are already here

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi criticizes those urging border closures in response to the terrorist attacks in Brussels, warning that the threat comes from within Europe.

Renzi makes peace with EU's Juncker as both condemn "blind" austerity

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker buried the hatchet on Friday, teaming up to condemn "foolish and blind" austerity policies following months of bickering between Rome and Brussels.

Italy's Renzi threatens EU funds cut for anti-migrant Eastern Europe

Central and Eastern European countries unwilling to accept asylum seekers should be punished for their lack of "solidarity" with a cut in European Union funding, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi suggested Monday.

Italy's Renzi: gay unions bill may be watered down to win passage

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi urged his Democratic Party (PD) Sunday to reach out to its centrist allies to secure the passage of a controversial law on gay unions

Merkel, Renzi find common ground on refugees but tensions remain

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi attempted to find common ground Friday on the refugee crisis, in a bid to ease tensions between the two European states.

Merkel meets Renzi in bid to lay aside Italian, German tensions

Chancellor Angela Merkel meets one of Germany's leading European critics on Friday when she holds talks in Berlin with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

Testy Italian leader wants to turn up the heat on Germany's Merkel

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is headed to Berlin in a belligerant mood, eager to argue that, amid a stagnant economy and a refugee crisis, the European Union needs a reboot. But will his bite be as bad as his bark when he faces the bloc's most powerful politician on Friday?