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Playing With Fire

Before we start:

For our Italian-speaking readers, you can listen to our interview with the European Council on Foreign Relations on the situation in Italy and its potential implications for the future of the single currency.

Now straight to the p…

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Regular readers might have noted that we’ve become somewhat Italy-obsessed of late. Well, we have good reasons. The fate of the Single Currency largely depends on whether the ‘Bel Paese’ can get out of the woods.

Following last week’s announcement t…

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Italian paper Il Messaggero offers juicy backstage details straight from Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s Villa Certosa in Sardinia (jikes). Not that we expected that Il Cavaliere would be happy about being bossed around by the ECB as the lat…

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Earlier today, a curious skirmish took place between Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and Economy Minister Giulio Tremonti during a press conference, following an emergency meeting between the Italian government, unions and employers’ organisa…

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In need of an ice-breaker

The traditional ‘family photo’ from today’s EU summit…Is it just us, or does it seem as if the couple at the end, Ashton and Berlusconi, don’t quite know what to talk about…?(Which could have something to do with the fact that one is your typical m…

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