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DUBLIN, March 7- Veteran Brussels politician Jean-Claude Juncker sought the backing of Europe's centre-right on Friday in the race to become European Commission president, pledging to build bridges in a region he said was increasingly divided.
ROME, Feb 19- Italian Prime Minister-designate Matteo Renzi said he expected his new government to be in place in time for a formal vote of confidence in parliament on Monday, after he wrapped up consultations with the main political parties.
ROME, Feb 13- Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta said he would tender his resignation on Friday, opening the way for centre-left leader Matteo Renzi to take the helm of Italy's third government in less than a year.
ROME, Feb 13- Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta faces a showdown with his own centre-left party on Thursday that could lead to his resignation and the appointment of Democratic Party leader Matteo Renzi as head of a new government within days.
*Money important symbol of unified Italy. ROME, Jan 15- Twelve years since Italy introduced the euro, the national mint is still stamping Italian lire- and recession fatigue means nostalgia for the retired national currency is going strong.
ROME, Jan 14- The reasons given by Italy's top court for throwing out key planks of the country's electoral law leave politicians no closer to agreeing a new system to give Italy the stable government it badly needs.
*Rome to reintroduce housing levy under new name. Sector experts predict housing transactions in Italy will increase this year for the first time since 2007, after which the country was hit by the global financial crisis and subsequently by its longest economic recession in 60 years.
ROME, Dec 27- Italy delayed the start of its planned Internet tax until July 2014, approved billions of euros in business and welfare measures and extended a ban on media cross-ownership in a final package of year-end legislation approved on Friday.
ROME, Dec 23- Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta promised on Monday to present a formal coalition pact in January with reforms ranging from an overhaul of the electoral law to cuts to bureaucracy and taxes.
ROME, Dec 23- Prime Minister Enrico Letta promised on Monday to include a swift reform of Italy's widely criticised electoral law and cuts to bureaucracy and taxes in a new coalition pact to be worked out in January.
*Filmmaker survived dangerous boat passage to Italy from Libya. ROME, Dec 22- Seven years ago, Dagmawi Yimer was "between life and death" when Italian navy officers rescued him and 30 others from a skiff in heavy seas between Libya and the island of Lampedusa.
ROME, Dec 20- Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta said on Friday his government's 2014 budget was crucial for Italy's stability despite it pleasing neither unions nor business. The lower house of Italy's parliament is due to vote on a confidence motion in the early afternoon with the Senate following on Monday.
MILAN, Dec 19- Italy must show political stability and convincing signs of an economic recovery to secure foreign demand for its debt in 2014, when domestic banks are expected to slow their purchases of the country's bonds.
ROME, Dec 11- Italy's Prime Minister Enrico Letta won a confidence vote in the Senate on Wednesday, confirming his government's majority after promising sweeping reforms and urging lawmakers to back him or risk chaos.
*Letta wins confidence vote in lower house, expected to win in Senate. ROME, Dec 11- Italy's Prime Minister Enrico Letta won a confidence vote in parliament's lower chamber on Wednesday after urging lawmakers to back his government or risk chaos.
ROME, Dec 11- Prime Minister Enrico Letta called on parliament on Wednesday to back his government or risk chaos as he sought to push through long-avoided reforms intended to revive Italy's economy after two years of recession.
*Italian shares still cheapest in Europe. *Thomas Cook surges after raising targets. PARIS, Nov 28- European stocks gained ground on Thursday in light trade, with Italian shares outperforming after the country's Senate expelled former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, fuelling hopes of stability for the current government.
*Senate due to vote on ban over tax fraud conviction. ROME, Nov 27- The Italian Senate opened its debate on expelling Silvio Berlusconi on Wednesday, ahead of an evening vote that is expected to see the veteran centre-right leader stripped of his seat in parliament over a tax fraud conviction.
*Deadline for 300 mln euro cash call subscription Wednesday. MILAN, Nov 27- In 2008, Maurizio Prato, then chairman of Alitalia, said only an "exorcist" could save the Italian airline.
MOSCOW, Nov 26- The Kremlin extended its grip over radio and television broadcasting on Tuesday when the media arm of state-controlled Gazprom bought mining tycoon Vladimir Potanin's Profmedia.