Matteo Renzi formally accepts Italy PM post

Italy`s Matteo Renzi formally accepted the role of prime minister on Friday, kicking off hopes for a revival in the eurozone`s third-largest economy, which has been damaged by a deep recession.

Italy`s PM nominee Renzi races to form coalition

Italy`s new prime minister designate Matteo Renzi began talks on Tuesday to try to form a coalition, a day after promising quick reforms to get the eurozone`s third biggest economy moving again.

Matteo Renzi to be picked as Italy`s youngest PM

Italian leftist leader Matteo Renzi is to be nominated Italy`s youngest-ever prime minister on Monday after a daring power grab that has been welcomed by investors but has left many Italians skeptical.

Italy`s Renzi readies for power but faces daunting task

Matteo Renzi is one step from becoming Italy`s youngest-ever prime minister after swiftly dispatching Enrico Letta in a party coup, but the manner of his political triumph could make it harder to carry out the bold reforms needed to resurrect the economy.

Italy tipped to get its youngest PM as talks on to form new govt

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano began consultations to form a new government Friday, following resignation of Prime Minister Enrico Letta.

Italian PM Letta resigns, opening way for Renzi

Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta announced his resignation Thursday after his own party voted for a change of government, with 39-year-old leftist Matteo Renzi now expected to replace him.

Italy Parliament rejects bid to impeach President Napolitano

Italy`s parliament on Tuesday rejected a bid by the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement to impeach President Giorgio Napolitano, but opposition lawmakers kept up their attacks on the 88-year-old head of state.

Italy blasts India`s handling of marines case as `contradictory`

Ahead of hearing of the case in India’s apex court, Italy has blasted India’s handling of the case of the two Italian marines as "contradictory and disconcerting”.

Marines` trial in India hits new snag: Italian Prez Napolitano

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano said trial of two marines in India over the killing of two Indian fishermen has run into new "difficulty" because of upcoming general elections in that country.

Mafia death threat shows Italy still haunted by 1992 murders

A death threat by a Sicilian mafia boss against the lead prosecutor in a historic mob trial has stirred grim memories of the murders of Italy`s top prosecutors two decades ago.

Oldest European turns 114

Europe`s oldest person Emma Morano, who lives in Italy`s Verbania town, celebrated her 114th birthday Friday.

Italy PM Letta faces showdown in Parliament after Berlusconi crisis

Silvio Berlusconi fought to hold his fractious center-right party together on Tuesday a day before a showdown in the Italian parliament that will decide whether Prime Minister Enrico Letta can survive in office.

Italian PM, President vow to tackle political crisis

Napolitano and Letta have agreed to "illustrate in parliament, which is the seat for all decisive clarifications, their evaluations on the event and on what to do," reported Xinhua.

Italy govt in peril as Silvio Berlusconi ministers quit coalition

In a strong blow to an already wobbly Italian government, all five ministers from Silvio Berlusconi’s party quit the ruling coalition.

Italy`s Enrico Letta begins tricky coalition talks

Italian moderate leftist Enrico Letta begins complex talks on forming a new coalition govt aimed at tackling what the PM-designate called a social "emergency".

Italy`s re-elected President calls for reforms

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, sworn in Monday for an unprecedented second term in the country`s history, urged political parties to form a coalition government and carry out reforms.

Italian president slams politicians at swearing-in ceremony

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano on Monday urged political parties to strike a deal on a new government "without delay".

Italian president Giorgio Napolitano wins election for second term

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano on Saturday won election for a second mandate in a move to solve Italy`s political impasse.

Italy president re-elected to tackle deadlock

Italy`s 87-year-old President Giorgio Napolitano was re-elected by lawmakers on Saturday in a desperate bid by right and left to end a two-month deadlock, a move slammed as a "coup" by a protest party.

No Italian president after third round of voting

Italy`s Parliament on Friday failed for a third time to elect a successor to President Giorgio Napolitano, and was voting again, this time with former Premier Romano Prodi being pushed as a candidate.