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EU asks Italy to better explain debt or face legal action

Jun. 12, 2019 1:13 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Europe's economy commissioner on Wednesday urged the Italian government to quickly provide any new information it might have to explain its high debt levels or face the prospect of imminent legal action. Pierre Moscovici told reporters that "we stand ready to take into account any new...

EU commission urges legal action against Italy over debt

Jun. 5, 2019 10:01 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission recommended Wednesday that legal action be launched against Italy because it failed to respect EU debt rules last year and is likely to do so again in 2019 and 2020, setting up a new confrontation with the populist government in Rome. In coming weeks, EU member...

Renault delays decision on Fiat Chrysler marriage proposal

Jun. 4, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Renault has delayed a decision on whether to merge with Fiat Chrysler, a deal that could reshape the global auto industry as carmakers race to make electric and autonomous vehicles for the masses. The deal still looks likely, but faced new criticism Tuesday from Renault's leading union and...

Italian PM to coalition leaders: Stop squabbling or I quit

Jun. 3, 2019 3:16 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Monday threatened to resign unless the two parties in the coalition government set aside their differences and continue working on the government program. Conte made the ultimatum during a news conference that was carried live on Italian TV. He was...

The Latest: Merkel wants quick deal on head of EU Commission

May. 27, 2019 11:58 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The latest on European elections (all times local): 8:10 p.m. German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she'd like to see a quick agreement on who should run the European Union's executive branch, a matter on which her own governing coalition so far is divided. In her first comments on the...

Italy's Salvini snubs far-right label for nationalist allies

May. 17, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The leader of Italy's right-wing League party on Friday rejected the label "far-right" for an alliance of like-minded populist leaders that are aiming to join forces and weaken European Union bureaucracy after next week's elections across the bloc. Matteo Salvini will lead a rally Saturday in...

Facebook removes fake Italian accounts ahead of EU election

May. 13, 2019 11:03 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Facebook shut down phony Italian accounts and pages spreading fake news ahead of European Union parliamentary elections, prompting opposition lawmakers to call Monday for tougher laws to curb online misinformation. "We have removed a number of fake and duplicate accounts that were violating our...

Italian PM sacks junior minister under probe for corruption

May. 8, 2019 11:05 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has sacked a junior minister from the right-wing League party in his uneasy coalition populist government who is under investigation for corruption. A cabinet meeting Wednesday decided to remove Armando Siri, a deputy minister for transport who has denied...

Libya in spotlight as Italy, Tunisia shore up ties at summit

Apr. 30, 2019 3:25 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia and Italy bolstered their ties with a visit Tuesday by the Italian prime minister, concluding commercial deals and pleading for dialogue, not fighting, to prevail in Libya. Seven cooperation agreements on energy, education and decentralization were signed during the visit by...