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Vatican Cardinal: No Papal Blessing for Matteo Salvini

A close collaborator of Pope Francis said this week that the Vatican would never give a papal blessing to Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, comparing him to an abortion clinic and Venezuelan dictators.

Italian deputy Premier and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini meets the journalists during a press conference on the Government's pensions reform, in Rome, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Italian Senate Passes Budget, Tweaked to Satisfy EU Demands

ROME (AP) — After a raucous marathon session, the Italian Senate early Sunday approved a national budget law that was tweaked after the European Union objected to plans by Italy’s populist government to satisfy expensive campaign promises with a large deficit.

Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte delivers his speech on the budget law at the Senate, in Rome, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. The European Commission says it has reached an agreement with Italy to avert legal action over the country's budget plans, which the EU's executive arm had warned could break euro …

Italy Election Aftermath: Renzi Quits, Center-Left ‘Disappears’

With final results in from Sunday’s national elections in Italy, the depth of the defeat for the left can be fully appreciated with the resignation of the leader of the Democratic Party (PD) and the severely diminished presence of the center-left coalition in Parliament.

Italy's populist Five Star Movement (M5S) party leader Luigi Di Maio, addresses journalists a day after Italy's general elections, on March 5, 2018 in Rome.

Italy’s Renzi Says Populists Are the Enemy, Slams Trump

ROME (AP) — Former Italian Premier Matteo Renzi admonished his Democratic Party on Monday to stop its internal squabbling and focus instead on defeating the populist politicians and protectionist politics gaining popularity in Europe.

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Italians Denied Election As Defeated Renzi’s Ally Made Prime Minister

Rome (AFP) – Paolo Gentiloni was named Sunday as Italy’s new prime minister following reformist leader Matteo Renzi’s resignation in the wake of a crushing referendum defeat. Gentiloni, who served as foreign minister under Renzi, was asked by President Sergio

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Reuters: Italy Foreign Minister to Form Caretaker Government

ROME, Dec 11 (Reuters) – Italian President Sergio Mattarella summoned Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni to the presidential palace on Sunday, in a strong indication that the head of state has chosen him to try to form a new government. Caretaker

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One Loser, Several Would-Be Winners in Italy Crisis

Matteo Renzi’s downfall following the resounding ‘No’ to his constitutional reform has left a hole in the Italian political landscape and a host of figures jockeying to seize the vacated throne of power.

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Italy in Limbo as Renzi Resignation Delayed

A fight over whether to hold early elections gripped Italy Tuesday after Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s resignation left the eurozone’s third largest economy in political limbo.

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Populists Cheer as Italy’s Renzi Packs His Bags

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said his goodbyes Monday after a ruinous referendum defeat that was cheered by populist leaders and sent shockwaves rippling around Europe.

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Italian Banks on Knife Edge as Renzi Quits

The fate of key Italian banks was up in the air Monday as investors feared that Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s resignation will threaten their recapitalisation plans.

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Euro Sinks on Italy Worries as Asia Markets Fall

(AFP) – The euro hit a 20-month low on Monday and most Asian stocks retreated as a fresh wave of uncertainty hit markets after Italy’s prime minister resigned following a heavy referendum defeat. Analysts warned the single currency could soon

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Populists Primed to Govern Italy After Stinging Renzi Defeat

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi kept his promise to resign from office after losing a constitutional referendum tied to his administration Sunday, opening the door for the growing populist Five Star Movement (M5S) to move into Italy’s political driver’s seat.

Rome's Mayor, Virginia Raggi, casts her vote Sunday in Italian referendum.

Italy PM Renzi Makes Last-Ditch Appeal to Save Referendum

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi made a final appeal to citizens Friday, hoping to snatch victory from the hands of defeat in Sunday’s referendum, which will determine whether or not he stays in office.

MILAN, ITALY - APRIL 13: Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi attends the awards ceremony of the international competition of the Salone Satellite in 2016 during 55th Salone Del Mobile at Rho Fiera on April 13, 2016 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Pier Marco Tacca/Getty Images)

NYT: With Populist Anger Rising, Italy May Be Next Domino to Fall

Italy’s prime minister, Matteo Renzi, only 41, once seemed to have solved the riddle of how to survive Europe’s populist, anti-establishment tempest. But with a critical national referendum on Sunday, the populist wave is now threatening to crush him and plunge Italy into a political crisis when the European Union is already reeling.

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