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...

Prime Minister Renzi braces for bumpy local elections

Tensions in the centre left risk transforming administrative polls into a referendum on the leader himself. By Laura Clarke Prime minister and Democratic Party (PD) secretary Matteo Renzi has a...

Keeping track of Renzi's reforms

The prime minister came to office in 2014 as a man of change, but what exactly has he achieved? Laura Clarke. When Matteo Renzi ousted his Partito Democratico (PD) colleague Enrico Letta in Febr...

Italian senate approves its own reform

Italy moves closer to constitutional change. The government of prime minister Matteo Renzi has moved a step closer to overhauling Italy's two-chamber parliamentary system following approval by the...

Rome unveils new city cabinet

Mayor claims reshuffle will produce visible results. Rome's new city assembly was announced on 28 July by mayor Ignazio Marino who promised it would lead to a cleaner and better-organised capital....

Renzi issues ultimatum to Rome mayor

Marino told to govern or "go home". Italian premier Matteo Renzi has said the mayor of Rome Ignazio Marino should concentrate on "concrete issues" such as "health and people's problems" – not "stra...

Rome prepares for day of protests

Extra police and traffic diversions in place for demonstrations Rome is braced for a day of demonstrations and counter-demonstrations on Saturday 28 February, when the leader of Italy's right-wing...

Sergio Mattarella becomes Italy's new president

Sergio Mattarella becomes Italy's 12th president. Sicilian anti-mafia judge Sergio Mattarella was elected Italy's new president on 30 January, succeeding 89-year-old Giorgio Napolitano, who resigne...

Italian president Giorgio Napolitano resigns

Voting for new president to begin by end of January The Italian president Giorgio Napolitano signed his letter of resignation at 10.30 on Wednesday 14 January, weeks after stating his intentio...

Mozambique leader comes to Rome

Guebuza to meet Renzi, Napolitano and Pope Francis The outgoing president of Mozambique, Armando Guebuza, will pay an official visit to Rome and the Vatican on 2 December, at the invitation of Ital...

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