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Italy steps toward populist government as Conte gets mandate

May 23, 2018

Italy's president asked political neophyte Giuseppe Conte to try to form a government Wednesday, giving the euroskeptic 5-Star Movement and anti-immigrant League a shot at running western Europe's first populist government

EU warns Italy about debt as parties look to spend more

May 23, 2018

The EU is warning Italy to rein in its debt if it wants to continue to comply with rules governing the euro single currency, as political factions struggle to form a government there

EU greenlights trade talks with Australia, New Zealand

May 22, 2018

The EU has given the green light to trade talks with Australia and New Zealand and sees the move as a boost for global trade in the face of increasing U.S. isolationism

EU braces for US to go ahead with steel and aluminum tariffs

May 22, 2018

The European Union doubts that U.S. President Donald Trump will accept an offer of trade talks to exempt the bloc from punishing tariffs on steel and aluminum exports next week.

Economists see potential nightmare in new Italian government

May 22, 2018

The prospect of a populist government in Italy has spooked European partners and investors who fear its euroskeptic, budget-busting program could shake the region's cohesion and undermine growth.

Social media under microscope in emotive Irish abortion vote

May 21, 2018

Debate is raging in Ireland over whether to lift the country's decades-old ban on abortion

Italy edges toward 1st populist govt, law prof as premier

May 21, 2018

Italy edged toward its first populist government as the euroskeptic 5-Star Movement and the right-wing League identified a 53-year-old law professor with no political experience as their pick to become the country's next premier

Italian stocks and bonds roiled by populist program

May 18, 2018

The anti-establishment 5-Star movement has opened voting by its rank-and-file on a program with the right-wing League that could clear the way to Italy's first populist government

EU to Trump: Stop threatening us with tariffs

May 17, 2018

The European Union is calling for an end to U.S. President Donald Trump's threats to slap tariffs on EU steel exports as a new deadline looms for the duties to enter force

Italy's populists brush off EU concerns about possible gov't

May 16, 2018

Italy's two populist leaders are brushing off fears in Brussels and the markets over the outlines of their possible government, and are insisting they are close to a deal designed to help ordinary Italians

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