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Italy's president: Strong democracy crucial against fascism

Jul. 28, 2022 14:04 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy’s president, marking the 100th anniversary of one of the attacks that helped bring dictator Benito Mussolini to power, on Thursday encouraged Italians to reinvigorate their country’s democracy as a bulwark against fascism. President Sergio Mattarella was...

With Italy's Draghi toppled, populists campaign in fast gear

Jul. 22, 2022 13:16 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The ink had barely dried on a presidential decree putting a premature end to the Italian Parliament's term, but that didn't keep Italy's politicians from rushing into campaign mode Friday following the collapse of Premier Mario Draghi’s government. Perhaps the...

Italy heads to early election after Draghi's coalition fails

Jul. 21, 2022 17:29 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy is headed for an early election after its president accepted Premier Mario Draghi's resignation Thursday and decided there was no possibility for cobbling together another government following the rapid collapse of the ruling coalition. The demise of Draghi’s...

EXPLAINER: Who gains or loses, what's next in Italy crisis

Jul. 21, 2022 16:32 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Mario Draghi’s decision to resign Thursday, barely 12 hours after his “unity” coalition broke apart dramatically in Parliament, was the latest step in a political limbo that will likely last for months before a new government is solidly in place to lead the...

Italian PM Draghi wins vote but unity coalition unravels

Jul. 20, 2022 15:52 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Mario Draghi won a confidence vote Wednesday in the Senate, but it was a hollow victory after three of his key coalition allies boycotted the voting, virtually dooming any prospects for his unity government's survival. The vote Wednesday went 95-38 in...

Italy enters into political uncertainty after 5-Stars balk

Jul. 15, 2022 10:31 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy entered into days of political and financial uncertainty Friday as political leaders calculated their options and Premier Mario Draghi weighed his after populist ally the 5-Star Movement sparked a crisis by withholding support on a government-sponsored bill. On...

Eugenio Scalfari, revolutionized Italy's journalism, dies

Jul. 14, 2022 11:56 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Eugenio Scalfari, who helped revolutionize Italian journalism with the creation of La Repubblica, a liberal daily that boldly challenged Italy's traditional newspapers, died Thursday at 98, the Senate president announced. Senate President Maria Elisabetta Alberti...

Italy's Draghi meets with president amid 5-Star tensions

Jul. 11, 2022 14:36 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Mario Draghi met Monday with Italy’s president to discuss the future of his government amid simmering tensions with coalition member the 5-Star Movement. Five-Star lawmakers abstained from a vote in the lower Chamber of Deputies on Monday, signaling a...

Luxottica eyewear empire founder Leonardo Del Vecchio dies

Jun. 27, 2022 13:24 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Leonardo Del Vecchio, who founded eyewear empire Luxottica in a trailer and turned an everyday object into a global fashion item, becoming one of Italy's richest men in the process, died on Monday, the eyeglass company said. He was 87. “EssilorLuxottica announces with...

Serie A champion Milan to be sold to RedBird for $1.3B

Jun. 01, 2022 11:24 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Less than two weeks after celebrating AC Milan’s league title win with thousands of fans, Gerry Cardinale is on the verge of becoming the new owner of the storied Serie A club. Cardinale is the founder and managing partner of American investment firm RedBird Capital...