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The debt crisis spreads from Greece across Europe

02 October 2012
France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, and—last but not least—Spain. A storm of anti-austerity protest has been sweeping through Europe.

Bank crisis could let Berlusconi return

17 July 2012
Ratings agency Moody’s downgraded some of Italy’s major banks on Monday of this week.

Italy: one crisis follows another

10 April 2012
Mario Monti’s government in Italy is in a deepening crisis. He has watered down his flagship labour reforms, and now business leaders have slammed them.

The eurozone’s not so happy new year

03 January 2012
New Year cheer is in short supply judging by the latest statements from European leaders. Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel, France’s president Nicolas Sarkozy and Italy’s president Giorgio Napolitano all began the year by warning of more pain to come.

Italy’s Monti faces strike wave

13 December 2011
A huge strike wave involving thousands of workers kicked off in Italy this week. The country’s three main union federations—the CGIL, CISL and UIL—joined together for their first united strikes for six years.

Italy: unelected leader imposes new austerity measures

06 December 2011
Unelected leader Mario Monti has forced through 30 billion euros of austerity cuts by parliamentary decree. These new cuts will be implemented before Italy’s parliament can discuss them.

Market chaos shows the crisis is far from over

22 November 2011
There is huge uncertainty across Europe. Bank shares are plunging, France is facing a possible credit rating downgrade and the markets are falling sharply in France, Spain, Italy and Germany.

Downfall: Crowds gather in Rome to cheer Berlusconi's departure

15 November 2011
Italians have been celebrating the downfall of their hated prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, who resigned in disgrace last night (Saturday).

Crisis is at the heart of capitalism, as any ‘expert’ should know

15 November 2011
Europe’s leaders breathed a sigh of relief when prime ministers George Papandreou in Greece and Silvio Berlusconi in Italy stepped down.

The Tories can't ignore the turmoil in the eurozone

15 November 2011
Britain is not immune to the crisis that is crashing through Europe. More than half of Britain’s trade is with the European Union (EU). Now Italy’s economy is reaching a tipping point. And this is making for some very nervous bankers in the City of London.

The key players in Italy

15 November 2011
The Italian political establishment is bloated and corrupt. Among the huge political elite is a myriad of parties, formed through bitter splits and personal rivalries.

Italy's Mario Monti represents the old order

15 November 2011
Mario Monti is the new leader of Italy. He has not been elected. Instead he has been picked by Europe’s elite to "fix" the crisis in Italy.

Downfall: Crowds gather in Rome to cheer Berlusconi’s departure

13 November 2011
Italians have been celebrating the downfall of their hated prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, who resigned in disgrace last night (Saturday).

As Italy's crisis grows - resistance to austerity is key

08 November 2011
The economic and political crisis in Italy is deepening amid growing fears that the country will default on its debt.

West’s role in dictator’s downfall shouldn’t stop us celebrating

25 October 2011
MUAMMAR GADDAFI’S end resembles nothing more than that of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, sometime colonial master of Libya.

Day of rage across Italy

18 October 2011
Tens of thousands marched in Rome—and police responded with tear gas and water cannon.

Cable Street - they did not pass

27 September 2011
IT was 1936 and fascism was spreading across Europe. Adolf Hitler had become chancellor of Germany. Benito Mussolini had seized control in Italy. Franco was on the march in Spain. And the British Union of Fascists (BUF) was trying to do the same in Britain.

General strike brings Italy to a halt

06 September 2011
Millions of workers in Italy took part in a general strike today (Tuesday) against the government’s austerity plans.

Ten years on: the bloody battle of Genoa

19 July 2011
Ten years ago huge anti-capitalist protests in the Italian city of Genoa shook the world’s leaders.

Another blow for Berlusconi

14 June 2011
Italian voters have dealt another resounding blow to prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.

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