Putin praises Salvini on eve of Italy visit
Vladimir Putin on Thursday praised Italy's far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini for having a "welcoming attitude" to Russia, in an interview ahead of a visit to Italy which will include talks with the pope and former premier Silvio Berlusconi.
Italy faces EU sanctions over high debt, deficit
The European Commission formally put Italy on notice Wednesday for its deteriorating deficit and huge debt, re-opening a battle with populist-led Rome.
Bannon presence raises hackles in France ahead of Europe polls
Political tensions soared in France on Sunday a week before tightly-contested European elections, with the ruling party of President Emmanuel Macron expressing unease over the presence of Donald Trump's controversial ex-strategist Steve Bannon. The elections for the European Parliament on May 26 in France will see Macron's centrist party face a tough challenge from Marine…
Fresh probe into Italy's Salvini for 'false imprisonment'
Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said Monday he was once more under investigation for alleged false imprisonment after refusing to let migrants disembark from a rescue ship.
Thousands join Congress of Families march in Italy
Several tens of thousands of people marched in support of the ultra-Conservative World Congress of Families on Sunday, on the final day of their conference in northern Italy. Participants in the city of Verona carried pink and blue balloons and placards with slogans such as "Yes to life, not to abortion", an AFP correspondent saw.…
Italy's economic policies likely to hurt the poorest
The economic policies of Rome's populist government make Italy vulnerable to a crisis of market confidence, with the poorest likely to suffer the most, the IMF warned Wednesday. "The authorities’ policies could leave Italy vulnerable to a renewed loss of market confidence," an International Monetary Fund annual report on the country said. "Italy could then…
Italy's Salvini slams 'mercenary' Higuain for Chelsea move
Italy's interior minister Matteo Salvini on Monday branded Argentina international Gonzalo Higuain a "mercenary" for leaving AC Milan for Premier League club Chelsea.
Rescued migrants face Christmas at sea after Italy closes ports
Italy's far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said on Saturday Italian ports were closed to hundreds of migrants rescued off Libya after a mother and newborn baby were evacuated to Malta.
Thousands protest in Rome over Italy's 'anti-migrant' decree
Several thousand protesters rallied in Rome on Saturday to protest against what they criticised as unfair anti-migrant policies promoted by far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini.