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Italy looks set for fresh elections as it enters third month without government

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Italy’s immigrants fear tough times as populist coalition heads for power

 

Far-right Lega and radical Five Star parties plot array of sweeping curbs on asylum and immigration

 

Angela Giuffrida

Sat 19 May 2018 21.35 BST Last modified on Sat 19 May 2018 22.43 BST

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Italy: populist coalition to name political novice as PM nominee

 

Leaders of Five Star Movement and far-right League expected to put forward Giuseppe Conte

 

Angela Giuffrida in Rome

Mon 21 May 2018 10.21 BST

 

 

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Supporters of M5S publicising plans for a common government programme with the League in Milan
Photograph: Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images
 
 
 
 
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Italian markets in turmoil as political novice emerges as frontrunner for PM

 

Expectation that M5S and League leaders will put forward Giuseppe Conte triggers financial jitters

 

Stephanie Kirchgaessner and Angela Giuffrida in Rome and Jennifer Rankin in Brussels

Mon 21 May 2018 17.23 BST

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/21/italy-populist-coalition-set-to-name-political-novice-as-pm-nominee

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Doubts raised over academic credentials of proposed Italian PM

 

M5S defends Giuseppe Conte after claims he padded his academic résumé

 

Stephanie Kirchgaessner and Angela Giuffrida in Rome

Tue 22 May 2018 12.55 BST

 

 

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Giuseppe Conte is a law professor who has served as a personal attorney to the head of the Five Star Movement
Photograph: Alessandro Di Meo/EPA
 
 
 
 
 
This whole thing ( granted it's able to take off...I do have strong doubts myself...) is going to be a total wreck...A disaster...Mainly for the Italian People....As usual.....

 

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The fall of 'Italy’s Stalingrad': symbol of left wages war on migrants and poor

 

The closure of its factories hit Sesto hard, but when the perpetrator of the Berlin truck attack was shot there, the former leftwing stronghold turned right

 

Giorgio Ghiglione in Sesto San Giovanni (Milan Province)

Tue 22 May 2018 07.00 BST

 

 

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Workers attend a national union rally in Sesto San Giovanni in 2014
Photograph: Luca Bruno/AP

 

 

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https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2018/may/22/fall-italy-stalingrad-sesto-san-giovanni-milan-symbol-of-the-left-wages-war-on-migrants-and-the-poor

 

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Italy's president invites populist coalition to form government

 

Government formed by anti-establishment Five Star Movement and far-right League will be led by political novice Giuseppe Conte

 

Stephanie Kirchgaessner in Rome

Wed 23 May 2018 18.40 BST

 

 

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Giuseppe Conte addresses journalists after a meeting with Italy’s president, Sergio Mattarella
Photograph: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

'They throw mud': new PM facing up to messy world of Italian politics

 

Giuseppe Conte respected by friends and colleagues but his parents are a little worried

 

Angela Giuffrida in Rome

Wed 23 May 2018 19.22 BST

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/23/parents-of-lawyer-nominated-as-italys-pm-worry-about-political-mudslinging

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Is Italy's government on a collision course with the EU?

 

Brussels has shown concern about the rhetoric of M5S and League, but the ragtag coalition has domestic worries of its own

 

 

Thu 24 May 2018 13.01 BST

Jon Henley

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/24/italy-government-collision-course-eu-m5s-liga

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Italy's new PM nominee Giuseppe Conte begins forming cabinet

 

Italy's prime ministerial nominee Giuseppe Conte on Thursday began lining up a cabinet after being endorsed to lead a populist coalition government

 

 

AFP
24 May 2018
08:51 CEST+02:00
 

 

 

Italy's new PM nominee Giuseppe Conte begins forming cabinet
Giuseppe Conte (L) arrives for his meeting with President Sergio Mattarella. Photo: Francesco Ammendola/Quirinale Press Office/AFP
 
 
 

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Jobs to watch in the Italian government

 

The PM-in-waiting is putting together his team and there’s no shortage of speculation as to who will get plum posts

 

 

By Jacopo Barigazzi

5/25/18, 4:01 AM CET

 

 

https://www.politico.eu/article/italy-5star-league-conte-jobs-to-watch-in-the-italian-government/

 

 

 

 

Italy’s Dystopian Social Contract is Born

 

By Vito Laterza 24 May 2018

 

 

 

https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2018-05-24-italys-dystopian-social-contract-is-born/#.WwhvjCDOPcs

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Paolo Savona, the eurosceptic at the heart of Italy's standoff

 

The standoff between Italy's president and the populist coalition hoping to form a government centres on their pick for economy minister, the staunch eurosceptic Paolo Savona

 

 

AFP
26 May 2018
13:51 CEST+02:00

 

 

 

https://www.thelocal.it/20180526/paolo-savona-the-eurosceptic-at-the-heart-of-italys-standoff

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Giuseppe Conte fails to form populist government in Italy

 

Coalition of Five Star Movement and the League fails as President Sergio Mattarella vetoes Eurosceptic ministerial candidate

 

Angela Giuffrida in Rome and Jon Henley

Sun 27 May 2018 19.27 BST

 

 

 

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Giuseppe Conte, centre, talks to the press in Rome after returning the mandate to form a new government
Photograph: Antonio Masiello/Getty Images
 
 
 

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With no progressive force to give it shape, Italians’ anger has hit a wall

 

The League and Five Star Movement offer little to voters hungry for radical change

 

Sun 27 May 2018 06.00 BST Last modified on Sun 27 May 2018 14.37 BST

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Govt bid collapses after Mattarella rejects Savona

President cites position in euro, risk of financial turmoil

 

Redazione ANSA Rome
27 May 201821:40 News
 
 
 
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Italy's President Sergio Mattarella

 

 

 

 

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/2018/05/27/govt-bid-collapses-after-mattarella-rejects-savona_42b865a5-51b6-46f2-ac22-8a37c2a0463c.html

 

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New elections loom in Italy amid calls for Mattarella to be impeached

 

Giuseppe Conte, the PM-in-waiting, quits and coalition of M5S and the Lega fails as president refuses to accept their choice of Eurosceptic finance minister

 

Angela Giuffrida and Stephanie Kirchgaessner in Rome, and Jon Henley

Mon 28 May 2018 06.13 BST

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/27/italys-pm-designate-giuseppe-conte-fails-to-form-populist-government

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Italian president names interim prime minister until fresh election

 

Sergio Mattarella asks former IMF economist Carlo Cottarelli to try to form a government

 

Associated Press in Rome

Mon 28 May 2018 12.25 BST

 

 

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Carlo Cottarelli speaks to the press in Rome after being given a mandate to form a government
Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Why is Italy facing a new political crisis?

Some want Italian president impeached after he rejected populist parties’ candidate

 

Stephanie Kirchgaessner in Rome

Mon 28 May 2018 12.59 BST

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/28/why-is-italy-facing-new-political-crisis-sergio-mattarella-m5s-lega

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Italy at risk of new financial crisis in wake of coalition's collapse

 

Investors and EU politicians alarmed at strengthening mood against euro

 

Stephanie Kirchgaessner in Rome Daniel Boffey in Brussels and Phillip Inman

Tue 29 May 2018 14.12 BST

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/29/italy-risk-new-financial-crisis-wake-coalitions-collapse-investors-alarmed-mood-against-euro

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Sergio Mattarella: the Italian president at the heart of a political crisis

 

The Sicilian’s pushback against populism has made him a hero to some and traitor to others

 

 

Stephanie Kirchgaessner in Rome and Lorenzo Tondo in Palermo

Mon 28 May 2018 15.57 BST

 

 

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Sergio Mattarella, the Italian president who was installed by a previous pro-EU government
Photograph: Corbis via Getty
 
 
 

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'They played us': Italy's political turmoil angers backers of coalition

 

Leaders of M5S and the League accused of sabotaging their own bid for power

 

 

Angela Giuffrida in Rome and Jon Henley

Tue 29 May 2018 13.00 BST

 

 

 

 

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Matteo Salvini, leader of the far-right Lega: ‘if you give him a real job to do it soon becomes clear that he’s unable to do it’.
Photograph: Giuseppe Lami/EPA
 
 
 
 

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30 May

Head of Italy's M5S rekindles negotiations to form a government

 

A bitter row over the country’s future in the eurozone had divided populist parties

 

 

Stephanie Kirchgaessner in Rome

Wed 30 May 2018 13.00 BST

 

 

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The Five Star Movement head, Luigi Di Maio, said he will compromise on his choice of finance minister but will stick with his pick for prime minister
Photograph: Ivan Romano/Getty Images
 
 
 

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Italy can't blame Brussels for its descent into the abyss

 

As much as some want to believe it, the EU has little to do with the country’s failure to put its house in order

 

Wed 30 May 2018 14.08 BST Last modified on Wed 30 May 2018 14.09 BST

By  Phillip Inman

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/may/30/italy-brussels-descent-abyss-eu-economics

 

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Italy at risk of new financial crisis in wake of coalition's collapse

 

Shares in New York and Asia fall sharply as investors and EU politicians take fright at strengthening mood against euro

 

Stephanie Kirchgaessner in Rome, Daniel Boffey in Brussels and Phillip Inman

Wed 30 May 2018 00.14 BST

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/29/italy-risk-new-financial-crisis-wake-coalitions-collapse-investors-alarmed-mood-against-euro

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Italy's Mr Scissors gives markets jitters over fate of eurozone

 

The choice of Carlo Cottarelli as Italy’s caretaker prime minister is a massive political gamble

 

 

Tue 29 May 2018 18.01 BST Last modified on Tue 29 May 2018 22.00 BST

By  Larry Elliott
 
 
 
 
 
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Carlo Cottarelli: nicknamed ‘Mr Scissors’ due to his reputation for cutting public spending
Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/29/carlo-cottarelli-italy-mr-scissors-gives-markets-jitters-over-fate-eurozone

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The EU helped create the Italy crisis. If it doesn't learn, worse will follow

 

A lack of help with the influx of refugees has turned Italians towards anti-EU populism. The EU has a few months to undo the damage

 

 

Wed 30 May 2018 12.47 BST Last modified on Wed 30 May 2018 17.16 BST

By  Cas Mudde

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/may/30/eu-italy-crisis-refugees-populism

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