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  • Italian President Giorgio Napolitano

    Napolitano rescued Italy in 2011 by replacing Berlusconi with technocrat Mario Monti. Italy's fate once again depends on the man affectionately known as "King George."

  • Italy's Letta Wins French Backing for Focus on Growth Thursday, 2 May 2013 | 2:08 AM ET

    Italy's new Prime Minister Enrico Letta won French backing on Wednesday for calls to spur economic growth alongside budget rigor.

  • Italy's Prime Minister Wins Confidence Vote Monday, 29 Apr 2013 | 11:25 PM ET
    New Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta

    Italy's new Prime Minister Enrico Letta won his first vote of confidence in parliament on Monday after promising to press for a change to the European Union's focus on austerity.

  • Italy Will Die From Austerity Alone: Prime Minister Monday, 29 Apr 2013 | 11:19 AM ET

    Italy must focus on reviving its economy and it will lobby its European partners to obtain more growth-oriented policies at the EU level, new Prime Minister Enrico Letta said in his maiden speech to parliament on Monday.

  • Italy Government Could Be Agreed Saturday: Sources Friday, 26 Apr 2013 | 9:31 AM ET

    Italian prime minister-designate Enrico Letta could announce a new government on Saturday and go before parliament to spell out its program early next week, political sources said on Friday.

  • Has the Status Quo Returned to Italy?     Thursday, 25 Apr 2013 | 1:40 AM ET

    David Lea, senior analyst at Control Risks, tells CNBC in the long game Beppe Grillo may be empowered as the only opposition in Italy but in the short-term he is out in the cold.

  • Italy's President Invites Letta to Form Government Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 | 7:03 AM ET

    President Giorgio Napolitano has given Enrico Letta, deputy head of the center-left Democratic Party (PD), a mandate to try to form a new government, according to news wires on Wednesday.

  • Italy's Napolitano Could Name New PM Today Tuesday, 23 Apr 2013 | 11:51 AM ET
    Italian President Giorgio Napolitano

    Italy's president held urgent talks on Tuesday aimed at naming a prime minister to head a coalition government and end two months of post-election stalemate.

  • For Italy, Maybe Some Order From all the Chaos Sunday, 21 Apr 2013 | 5:14 PM ET
    Victor Emmanuel II Monument in Rome, Italy.

    The re-election of Italy's president has raised the prospect of an end to the stalemate that followed the general election, with a move to form a government foreseen within days.

  • Berlusconi Calls for Broad Government or Early Vote Friday, 5 Apr 2013 | 8:04 AM ET
    Silvio Berlusconi

    Buoyed by new opinion polls showing a lead for his center-right coalition, Berlusconi said on Friday Italy must return to the polls quickly unless the center left agrees to govern with him.

  • Italy Still Far From Government, New Elections Loom Wednesday, 27 Mar 2013 | 2:13 AM ET

    A new Italian government is still a long way off and the country may be headed for fresh elections, a senior official of Silvio Berlusconi's center-right party said.

  • Pier Luigi Bersani, leader of Italy's Democratic Party

    Italian parties reacted skeptically on Friday to center-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani's call for a government backed by all political forces, complicating efforts to end the stalemate left by last month's election.

  • Court Rules Hospitalised Berlusconi Can Attend Trial Sunday, 10 Mar 2013 | 5:45 AM ET
    Silvio Berlusconi

    Milan court doctors ruled on Saturday that Silvio Berlusconi was able to attend a tax fraud appeal, rejecting the former prime minister's complaint that an eye condition prevented him leaving hospital.

  • Berlusconi Sentenced to Jail in Wiretap Trial Thursday, 7 Mar 2013 | 8:14 AM ET
    Silvio Berlusconi

    An Italian court sentenced Silvio Berlusconi on Thursday to one year in jail over the publication by his newspaper of a transcript of a leaked wiretap.

  • Silvio Berlusconi

    Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is under investigation on suspicion of bribing a senator to change sides in parliament, deepening the legal troubles of one of the key players in the country's post-election deadlock.

  • Austrian architect Wolf Prix of CooP Himmelblau gestures during a media tour of the the new European Central Bank (ECB) headquarters on September 20, 2012 in Frankfurt, Germany.

    A dramatic anti-austerity vote leaves Italy lying outside the fortress the European Central Bank constructed around the euro zone last September.

  • No Majority Possible in Italy: Expert     Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 | 2:30 AM ET

    Alberto Martinelli, professor of Political Science at Universita' La Statale, tells CNBC there is no majority possible in Italy even with Mario Monti.

  • Italian Voters Have a Sense of Humour: Expert     Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 | 2:00 AM ET

    Alberto Mingardi, director general at the Bruno Leoni Institute, tells CNBC that Italians voted against un-credible policy proposals and went for the entertainment.

  • Italy's Political Limbo     Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 | 1:03 AM ET

    After an election that left no party with a clear majority, Steve Sedgwick asks what is next for Italy.

  • Italian Elections Hitting US Investors     Monday, 25 Feb 2013 | 3:13 PM ET

    The Italian election is likely to be inconclusive and require another round, reports CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera. Discussing the election's impact on the markets, with Peter Schiff, Euro Pacific Capital CEO and Michael Farr, Farr, Miller & Washington.