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Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini waves after being named new EU foreign policy chief (Credits: JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)

The European Council appoints Italian Minister Federica Mogherini as EU High Representative

Widely criticised for being too inexperienced and too soft on Russia, the former Italian foreign minister has her change to prove the EU wrong


Matteo Renzi

Matteo Renzi, EU and Reforms

Italy must stop thinking reforms have to be done because Brussels or Berlin or other capitals ask us. We’ll do them because they’re right for us


Italo, the new Italian high speed train

How is Italy going to spend 7 billion Euros in infrastructures

It is up to government to decide among massive infrastructural projects and initiatives aimed at ameliorating and modernizing the existing infrastructure


Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta

Bruxelles ready to accept temporary deviations from medium-term targets

Barroso’s words represent a prize for what Italy has done to comply with tough financial and budgetary discipline


Students and the unemployed take part in a protest against austerity cuts and lack of jobs

1.5 billion Euros European “Youth guarantee” funds assigned to Italy

“Youth guarantee” is a plan to combat youth unemployment, targeting countries where the rate of young people out of work is more than 25 per cent


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Industry with a suitcase

The domestic market still appears depressed and exports will be decisive for Italian products. In 2011 exports almost reached the precrisis levels of 2008, thanks to sales outside the EU