MS5 takes Rome and Turin in local election ballot

The anti-establishment Movimento 5 Stelle (M5S) emerged victorious from the ballot box in second-round local elections on 19 June with its candidates winning in Rome and Turin. In the capital 37-ye...

Rome readies for mayoral run-off election on 19 June

Roberto Giachetti (PD) and Virginia Raggi (M5S) face it off. On 19 June Romans return to the polls for a run-off between Virginia Raggi of the anti-establishment Movimento Cinque Stelle (M5S) and R...

Berlusconi to undergo heart surgery

Doctor says former Italian prime minister "risked dying." Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi is to undergo heart surgery next week for a malfunctioning aortic valve that could have killed him...

Italy's Movimento 5 Stelle claims ‘historic’ result in first-round local elections

Low voter turnout across the country. The anti-establishment Movimento 5 Stelle (M5S) claimed a “historic result” in the first round of voting in local elections on 5 June, with a particularly stro...

Italy votes in local elections on 5 and 19 June

Local elections throughout Italy will be a major test for Matteo Renzi's government. Local municipal elections take place throughout Italy on Sunday 5 June and again on 19 June in places where a ru...

Supreme court rules against British ex-pat vote

Britons lose supreme court ruling on ex-pat voting in EU referendum. The British supreme court has ruled against a last-ditch appeal by two British ex-pats to overturn a law barring Britons who ha...

Britons take battle for EU referendum vote to supreme court

Harry Shindler takes case to supreme court over ex-pats' right to vote in Brexit referendum. Two British ex-pats have taken an emergency case to the British supreme court after losing their latest...

Stefano Fassina readmitted to Rome mayoral contest

 Fassina back in Rome's race for mayor. Italy’s highest administrative court has readmitted Stefano Fassina, Rome mayoral candidate for Sinistra Italiana (SI), to local elections in June. The...

Lazio tribunal upholds Fassina exclusion from Rome mayoral contest

The exclusion of Stefano Fassina leaves four candidates in the race for Rome's mayor. The Lazio regional administrative tribunal (TAR) has upheld the exclusion of Stefano Fassina, Rome mayoral ca...

Italian parliament approves civil unions

Civil unions in Italy become law. The chamber of deputies has given definitive approval to a controversial bill introducing civil unions for same-sex couples. The bill passed on 11 May after f...

Counting down to Rome elections

At present five candidates are running for Rome mayor in June. There are currently five main candidates in the running for the post of Rome mayor in local elections on 5 June, with the second-rou...

Rome mayoral favourite opposes Olympic bid

Virginia Raggi against Rome Olympics for cost reasons. Rome mayoral candidate Virginia Raggi has reaffirmed her opposition to Rome's 2024 Olympic bid following a key meeting with Italian Olympic Co...

Britons abroad lose legal battle for right to vote

Harry Shindler loses high court battle over right to vote in Brexit referendum. Two Britons living abroad have lost their high court bid to change a British law barring British expats who have live...

Bertolaso pulls out of Rome mayor race

Berlusconi backs Marchini as Forza Italia candidate. Former civil protection chief Guido Bertolaso has pulled out of the Rome mayoral race, standing down as the Forza Italia (FI) candidate in favou...

Renzi government survives senate no-confidence motions

Renzi government survives threats to its oil policies. The government of Matteo Renzi comfortably survived two no-confidence motions in the senate on Tuesday, just two days after a referendum it...

Italians to vote on 17 April in oil drilling referendum

Prime Minister Renzi hopes environmental referendum will fail. On 17 April Italians are called to vote in a referendum on the duration of existing oil and gas exploration and drilling concessions i...

Virginia Raggi to focus on transparency as candidate for Rome's mayor

Raggi sets out her programme ahead of Rome mayoral election. Battling corruption, improving rubbish collection and decongesting traffic are top priorities for the Rome mayoral candidate Virginia Ra...

A pregnant mayor of Rome?

The debate rages (among men of course) about whether a pregnant woman should run as a candidate for mayor of Rome. Are men simply jealous that they can't be pregnant and run for mayor of the capita...

Giachetti declared PD candidate for Rome mayor

Roberto Giachetti voted Partito Democratico candidate on low turnout. Roberto Giachetti won the Rome PD primaries to select the party's candidate to run for mayor in the June local elections. G...

Bertolaso to run for Rome mayor

Former civil protection chief Bertolaso is centre-right candidate for Rome mayor. Italy's former civil protection chief Guido Bertolaso has accepted the nomination as the centre-right candidate in...

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