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Italy`s Napolitano, an ex-communist who rose above the fray

 Italy`s Giorgio Napolitano, who announced on Wednesday that he is cutting short his second term as president, is an former communist with formidable political skills and a reputation for neutrality.

Italy`s Monti condemns US blasts as `cowardly act`

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti on Tuesday sent a message to US President Barack Obama condemning blasts at the Boston Marathon which left three dead and more than 100 injured as "a cowardly act".

Italian PM calls up Manmohan, discusses marines issue

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told his Italian counterpart Mario Monti that a view on specific aspects of the case involving two marines facing murder charges in the country cannot be taken pending investigations.

‘Risk of isolation forced Italy to send back marines’

The two marines - Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone - have been at the centre of a bilateral dispute since February 2012.

Italy votes in crucial eurozone election; Berlusconi heckled by topless feminists

While Europe watched and prayed for stability in the eurozone’s third largest economy, Italians on Sunday voted in what is being termed as the country’ most important election for this austerity-stricken generation.

Chopper deal: Reveal names of journos on Orsi`s payroll, says Italian lawmaker

In wake of corruption allegations against Finmeccanica, Italian lawmaker asked Prime Minister Mario Monti to reveal names of journalists on payroll of former CEO of defence firm Giuseppe Orsi.

Berlusconi says will get drunk if Monti loses poll

Parliamentary elections in Italy are scheduled for Feb 24-25.

Monti assures `correct governance` of Finmeccanica

Italian PM Mario Monti has said that his government would guarantee the "correct governance" of state-controlled defence firm Finmeccanica.

Italy PM vows to clean up company after CEO arrest

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti on Tuesday said his government was prepared to do "whatever necessary to clean up" defence firm Finmeccanica.

Reforms initiated to revive crisis-hit Europe: Italian PM

Europe might have fallen behind the curve in tackling the debt turmoil but reforms are happening to ensure growth and prosperity in the region, Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti has said.

Italy`s Monti calls Berlusconi`s judgment volatile

Monti has officially dropped his neutral technocratic stance as he seeks a second term at the helm of a coalition of centrist parties in February elections.

Mario Monti ‘may head Italy’

Keeping options open Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti has hinted in a press conference that he may consider the offer of leading the nation.

Berlusconi left `much to be done`, says Monti

Silvio Berlusconi was forced to resign one year ago with Italy`s debt crisis threatening to spiral out of control.

Berlusconi to run for Italy PM’s post again

Berlusconi has threatened to bring down the Mario Monti government, which, he said, was leading Italy into a recession.

Berlusconi plans ‘to run for Italy PM again’

Berlusconi resigned in 2011 over Italy`s economic troubles and was convicted of tax fraud in October of this year.

We will not desert Afghanistan: Italian PM

Mario Monti met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Italian troops during today`s visit.

Berlusconi threatens to topple Monti`s `extortionist` Italian govt

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has threatened to bring down the government of technocrats led by Mario Monti.

Berlusconi appears to back off from candidacy

Silvio Berlusconi is backing off from suggestions he may be seeking a comeback.

Italy’s Monti picks up political support for 2nd term

The leaders of two small Italian political parties have thrown their support behind Premier Mario Monti for a second term.

Italy within reach of economic recovery: Mario Monti

Italy has averted the worst case scenario of the debt crisis and economic recovery in the eurozone's third largest economy is within reach, Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti said.