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Tensions flare with Italy's ruling coalition over corruption

Apr. 18, 2019 9:07 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy's deputy transport minister has been placed under investigation in a corruption probe, becoming the latest political pawn in Italy's uneasy ruling coalition between the right-wing, anti-migrant League party and the populist 5-Star Movement. League member Armando Siri "categorically...

Euroskeptic, populist parties form alliance in Europe

Apr. 8, 2019 11:07 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Euroskeptic populist parties formed a new and expanded right-wing alliance on Monday that aims to become the strongest faction in the European Parliament and seeks to radically transform European Union policies on migration, security, family and environment. Italy's hard-line interior...

Conservative congress on family sharply divides Italy

Mar. 30, 2019 4:59 PM EDT

VERONA, Italy (AP) — Verona — the city of Romeo and Juliet — was the backdrop for a culture clash Saturday, as it hosted both a conservative congress on family values and a march by civic groups who denounced the event as a movement to limit LGBT and women's rights. The World Congress of...

Italian citizenship urged for boy whose SOS call saved lives

Mar. 21, 2019 3:12 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The leader of Italy's 5-Star Movement called Thursday to award speedy citizenship to a 13-year-old Egyptian boy hailed as a hero for being the first to alert police that he and scores of his middle school classmates had been abducted by their bus driver. Ramy Shehata "put his life at risk to...

Italy government fraying over high-speed rail dispute

Mar. 9, 2019 12:14 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Italy's coalition government frayed further Friday over the stalled high-speed rail line to France, with the League insisting it go ahead and the 5-Star Movement refusing to fund the next phase until the whole deal is renegotiated. With a Monday deadline looming for contract bids to go out,...

Italian populists launch welfare program for poor, jobless

Mar. 6, 2019 11:35 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Italy's populist government opened its new minimum income welfare program Wednesday, fulfilling a key campaign promise of the 5-Star Movement to try to reduce poverty and unemployment in the eurozone's third-largest economy. The so-called "citizen's income" is essentially a new system of...

Macron's plea for Europe lays down battle lines for May vote

Mar. 5, 2019 1:33 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron drew both support and skepticism Tuesday with a clarion call to voters in 28 nations to choose a stronger European Union and reject populists, amid concerns that euroskeptics could achieve unprecedented success in upcoming European Parliament elections. In a...

Italy's economy minister: Alitalia won't be nationalized

Feb. 20, 2019 4:35 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Italy's economy minister says there is no plan to nationalize Alitalia, the troubled airline that declared bankruptcy two years ago. Deputy Premier Luigi Di Maio had said recently that the Italian treasury could team up with Italy's state railway to own more than 50 percent of a relaunched...

Tech could unite Europe's populists ahead of EU vote in May

Feb. 19, 2019 11:05 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — The web platform was named for a revered French populist philosopher and created by an Italian internet entrepreneur to transform common grievances into proposals and activists into political candidates. When Italy's deputy prime minister offered the populist 5-Star Movement's Rousseau...