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  • Most of the cuts he suggested in a 72- page review of Italy's public administration- an unpublished tome seen by Reuters that picks apart services ranging from disability benefits to policing- appear to have been ignored by Matteo Renzi's government.

  • *Italy looking to double oil, gas output by 2020. MILAN, May 22- Italy's government, buoyed by a strong showing in European elections, is stepping up efforts to boost domestic oil and gas output as mounting tension in Russia and North Africa raises the specter of disruption to energy imports.

  • ROME, May 11- Franco Picini, a schoolteacher in Italy's capital city, says he has voted for the left all his life, but in this month's European parliament elections, he will back the 5- Star Movement of comedian Beppe Grillo. "I know his political platform isn't very clear, but enough with Italy's old political guard!

  • *EU legislature faces challenge to its legitimacy. PARIS, April 27- At each election since Europe's unique experiment in cross-border democracy began in 1979, the percentage of voters casting ballots for the directly elected European Parliament has fallen.

  • PARIS, April 26- General Electric boss Jeff Immelt is due in Paris on Sunday and is expected to meet France's economy minister as he closes in on a deal to buy the global power arm of struggling French engineer Alstom, sources close to the matter said. Some put a $13 billion valuation on Alstom's turbines and power grid equipment business.

  • GE boss to meet French minister as Alstom deal progresses Saturday, 26 Apr 2014 | 10:01 AM ET

    PARIS, April 26- General Electric boss Jeff Immelt is due in Paris on Sunday and is expected to meet France's economy minister as he closes in on a deal to buy the global power arm of struggling French engineer Alstom, sources close to the matter said. Some put a $13 billion valuation on Alstom's turbines and power grid equipment business.

  • PARIS, April 25- U.S. industrial products giant General Electric is in talks to buy the global power turbines division of struggling French engineering group Alstom, according to two sources familiar with the discussions.

  • *European Commission, ECB warn Italy on debt commitments. ROME, March 13- Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi could struggle to convince the European Union that his ambitious tax cuts and spending commitments will not threaten pledges to sort out public finances.

  • ROME, Feb 21- With Pier Carlo Padoan, an internationally respected economist with no experience in frontline politics, Italy is continuing the recent tradition of having technocrats run the economy ministry.

  • 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 centre-left leader Matteo Renzi called on Prime Minister Enrico Letta to step down on Thursday and said their party, the biggest in the ruling coalition, should choose a new premier to lead the government.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Italian Bond Yields Could Be Poised on Precipice Tuesday, 30 Apr 2013 | 9:34 AM ET
    Victor Emmanuel II Monument in Rome, Italy.

    Italian bond yields broke below the 4 percent level on Monday and remain at record lows, but analysts warn the country's borrowing rate is poised on a fragile tipping point, after Prime Minister Enrico Letta’s maiden speech divided market opinion.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Italy Delays $50 Billion Payment of State Debts Thursday, 4 Apr 2013 | 1:28 AM ET

    Italy's caretaker government announced on Wednesday it was delaying approval of a decree to pay back some 40 billion euros of state debts to private firms.