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#Italian economy

# italian-economy - Friday 26 April, 2013

Berlusconi wants new government to 'confront' EU's austerity agenda
# Italy
# Italy

Berlusconi wants new government to 'confront' EU's austerity agenda

Apr 26th 2013, 8:53 AM 3,828 Views 34 Comments

The 76-year-old former premier is set to join a new grand coalition – and says he’s hoping to be made the Minister for Finance.

# italian-economy - Tuesday 26 February, 2013

Ireland's Italians dump Berlusconi and vote for anti-establishment comedian
# Italians In Ireland
# Italians In Ireland

Ireland's Italians dump Berlusconi and vote for anti-establishment comedian

Feb 26th 2013, 1:45 PM 6,207 Views 26 Comments

Italy allows expatriates abroad to vote in parliamentary elections – with Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement leading here.

Second election likely in Italy as Bersani fails to seal grip on power
# What Now?
# What Now?

Second election likely in Italy as Bersani fails to seal grip on power

Feb 26th 2013, 8:35 AM 3,529 Views 10 Comments

Silvio Berlusconi’s strength in key regions means Pier Luigi Bersani cannot claim power, with another election now due.

# italian-economy - Monday 25 February, 2013

Early results show no clear winner in Italian election
# Italian Election
# Italian Election

Early results show no clear winner in Italian election

Feb 25th 2013, 4:55 PM 5,405 Views 12 Comments

Pier Luigi Bersani’s coalition wins the house, but Silvio Berlusconi takes enough Senate support to mean no clear winner.

# italian-economy - Sunday 24 February, 2013

Explainer: Everything you need to know about today's Italian election
# Italian Election
# Italian Election

Explainer: Everything you need to know about today's Italian election

Feb 24th 2013, 8:00 AM 3,893 Views 16 Comments

Who’s running? What’s at stake? How are they picked? And is Silvio Berlusconi really in line for a fourth term in office?

# italian-economy - Monday 18 June, 2012

Euro crisis: Spanish cost of borrowing hits 7pc as investors seek safety
# Yikes!
# Yikes!

Euro crisis: Spanish cost of borrowing hits 7pc as investors seek safety

Jun 18th 2012, 10:39 AM 2,121 Views 13 Comments

The costs had fallen after Greece’s election, but are back up this morning as the fear of contagion remains…

# italian-economy - Tuesday 12 June, 2012

Euro crisis: Spain's cost of borrowing rockets as Lagarde warns of 'race against time'
# Bond Markets
# Bond Markets

Euro crisis: Spain's cost of borrowing rockets as Lagarde warns of 'race against time'

Jun 12th 2012, 3:12 PM 3,616 Views 23 Comments

If you were lending cash to the Spanish government for 10 years, you’d get an annual interest rate of 6.76 per cent.

# italian-economy - Tuesday 15 May, 2012

Moody's cuts ratings of 26 Italian banks
# Mama Mia!
# Mama Mia!

Moody's cuts ratings of 26 Italian banks

May 15th 2012, 8:36 AM 844 Views 4 Comments

The banks include the country’s two largest banks, with one third of the market – while 10 banks are now ‘junk’.

# italian-economy - Wednesday 18 April, 2012

Italian government puts back 'balanced budget' plan to 2015
# Italian Economy
# Italian Economy

Italian government puts back 'balanced budget' plan to 2015

Apr 18th 2012, 2:48 PM 1,223 Views 5 Comments

Mario Monti’s government says the economy will shrink three times more than expected, and that they’ll need more time.

# italian-economy - Tuesday 21 February, 2012

ECB steers clear of bond-buying for first time since August
# Bond Markets
# Bond Markets

ECB steers clear of bond-buying for first time since August

Feb 21st 2012, 9:03 AM 1,192 Views 2 Comments

Last week marked the first time in six months that the European Central Bank didn’t intervene in the sovereign bond markets.

# italian-economy - Friday 17 February, 2012

Monti to close Italian Church property tax loophole
# Italy
# Italy

Monti to close Italian Church property tax loophole

Feb 17th 2012, 9:54 AM 2,770 Views 16 Comments

Mario Monti’s moves to end a waiver on property taxes comes just as the Holy See shows concern at its financial state.

# italian-economy - Tuesday 14 February, 2012

Interest rates plunge as Italy raises €6 billion in new auction
# Downgrade
# Downgrade

Interest rates plunge as Italy raises €6 billion in new auction

Feb 14th 2012, 3:28 PM 3,100 Views 19 Comments

What downgrade? Italy flogs billions in 12-year bonds with interest rates falling dramatically on a similar bond last month.

# italian-economy - Thursday 22 December, 2011

Italian parliament passes vote of confidence in Monti's government
# Italy
# Italy

Italian parliament passes vote of confidence in Monti's government

Dec 22nd 2011, 4:26 PM 800 Views 5 Comments

The Italian senate follows the chamber of deputies in passing a motion of confidence in Mario Monti’s technocratic cabinet.

# italian-economy - Thursday 15 December, 2011

Monti calls vote of confidence on latest €33bn cuts package
# Italy
# Italy

Monti calls vote of confidence on latest €33bn cuts package

Dec 15th 2011, 11:14 AM 823 Views 0 Comments

Mario Monti wants to be totally sure that he retains the support of the Italian parliament as he presents yet more austerity.

# italian-economy - Monday 5 December, 2011

WATCH: Italian welfare minister cries during austerity announcements
# Austerity
# Austerity

WATCH: Italian welfare minister cries during austerity announcements

Dec 5th 2011, 8:56 PM 6,937 Views 48 Comments

Elsa Fornero breaks down in tears as she announces moves to cut the link between welfare payments and inflation.

# italian-economy - Tuesday 29 November, 2011

Italy pays nearly 8 per cent for three-year bonds
# Italy
# Italy

Italy pays nearly 8 per cent for three-year bonds

Nov 29th 2011, 2:12 PM 1,192 Views 8 Comments

Italy faces its highest cost of borrowing ever, raising €3.5bn through the sale of three-year bonds at rates of 7.9 per cent.

# italian-economy - Friday 25 November, 2011

Italy heads for bailout territory after awful bond auction
# Bond Markets
# Bond Markets

Italy heads for bailout territory after awful bond auction

Nov 25th 2011, 11:18 AM 1,674 Views 12 Comments

Italy raises €10bn in two short-term auctions – but sees its interest rates go through the roof, and into unsustainable levels.

# italian-economy - Monday 21 November, 2011

Student study: Ireland could write off 85 per cent of its European debt
# Debt Crisis
# Debt Crisis

Student study: Ireland could write off 85 per cent of its European debt

Nov 21st 2011, 4:09 PM 12,003 Views 55 Comments

The pan-European ESCP business school says Ireland could get rid of €184bn in debts – by simply cancelling them out with others.

# italian-economy - Friday 18 November, 2011

Berlusconi threatens to scupper confidence vote in new government
# Italy
# Italy

Berlusconi threatens to scupper confidence vote in new government

Nov 18th 2011, 9:57 AM 952 Views 6 Comments

Silvio Berlusconi has reportedly said he will bring down Mario Monti’s independent government if he disapproves of its policies.

# italian-economy - Thursday 17 November, 2011

Spain in the firing line as borrowing costs hit new highs
# Spainwreck
# Spainwreck

Spain in the firing line as borrowing costs hit new highs

Nov 17th 2011, 11:48 AM 1,170 Views 15 Comments

The price of borrowing for Spain is approaching the 7 per cent barrier, after both Spain and France struggled with bond auctions.

# italian-economy - Wednesday 16 November, 2011

Monti announces Italian cabinet - and will be his own finance minister
# New Beginning
# New Beginning

Monti announces Italian cabinet - and will be his own finance minister

Nov 16th 2011, 1:59 PM 1,152 Views 12 Comments

The new Italian cabinet is made up mostly of independent technocrats, and will see Monti double up as PM and finance minister.

Monti set to announce new Italian government
# Italy
# Italy

Monti set to announce new Italian government

Nov 16th 2011, 8:02 AM 478 Views 2 Comments

Mario Monti completes two days of tense negotiations, and is set to present his new government to the president this morning.

# italian-economy - Tuesday 15 November, 2011

Italian borrowing costs spike again as coalition talks go on
# Bond Markets
# Bond Markets

Italian borrowing costs spike again as coalition talks go on

Nov 15th 2011, 2:30 PM 630 Views 0 Comments

The markets seem nervous about Mario Monti’s attempts to form a government – while a Spanish bond auction also goes badly.

# italian-economy - Wednesday 9 November, 2011

Italian bonds hit 7.4 per cent as Europe enters crisis mode
# Italy
# Italy

Italian bonds hit 7.4 per cent as Europe enters crisis mode

Nov 9th 2011, 10:26 AM 1,032 Views 32 Comments

The price of borrowing for the Italian government is now at the same level which prompted bailouts for Ireland and Portugal.

# italian-economy - Wednesday 5 October, 2011

Moody's cuts Italian credit rating by three notches
# Italy
# Italy

Moody's cuts Italian credit rating by three notches

Oct 5th 2011, 8:09 AM 247 Views 3 Comments

The agency cuts its rating of Italy for the first time in two decades – as fears continue over over the viability of the Eurozone.

# italian-economy - Monday 12 September, 2011

ECB spent €14bn on Spanish and Italian bonds last week...
# Bond Markets
# Bond Markets

ECB spent €14bn on Spanish and Italian bonds last week...

Sep 12th 2011, 3:20 PM 407 Views 7 Comments

…and its input was virtually worthless, because prices today are pretty much exactly where they were seven days ago.

# italian-economy - Saturday 10 September, 2011

ECB's chief economist quits over divisive bond-buying policy
# ECB
# ECB

ECB's chief economist quits over divisive bond-buying policy

Sep 10th 2011, 1:33 PM 256 Views 0 Comments

Jürgen Stark is stepping down three years early – apparently in protest at ECB policies not favoured by his native Germany.

# italian-economy - Wednesday 7 September, 2011

Merkel welcomes ruling, but insists: 'We will never back Eurobonds'
# Germany
# Germany

Merkel welcomes ruling, but insists: 'We will never back Eurobonds'

Sep 7th 2011, 11:03 AM 394 Views 6 Comments

Angela Merkel welcomes the Constitutional Court’s decision – but says it does not mean the emergence of a closer fiscal union.

Germany’s Constitutional court upholds participation in EU bailouts
# Debt Relief
# Debt Relief

Germany’s Constitutional court upholds participation in EU bailouts

Sep 7th 2011, 10:21 AM 314 Views 0 Comments

Germany was not acting unconstitutionally in sanctioning a Greek bailout, the court says – though future bailouts need greater approval.

# italian-economy - Tuesday 6 September, 2011

Markets take a nose dive as bond crisis returns with a bang
# Markets
# Markets

Markets take a nose dive as bond crisis returns with a bang

Sep 6th 2011, 8:34 AM 381 Views 9 Comments

Christine Lagarde says there’s a “crisis of confidence”. No kidding: markets are slipping while borrowing costs are back on the up.

# italian-economy - Saturday 3 September, 2011

ECB demands that Italy plough ahead with tough austerity plans
# Italy
# Italy

ECB demands that Italy plough ahead with tough austerity plans

Sep 3rd 2011, 4:12 PM 245 Views 1 Comment

Silvio Berlusconi has been forced to drop some plans in a bid to win political support – but Jean-Claude Trichet isn’t too pleased.

# italian-economy - Monday 29 August, 2011

ECB continues to ease off on bond-buying programme
# Bonds
# Bonds

ECB continues to ease off on bond-buying programme

Aug 29th 2011, 4:01 PM 194 Views 3 Comments

The ECB’s purchase of Spanish and Italian bonds continues to wind down, with purchases down to €6.65bn last week.

# italian-economy - Monday 22 August, 2011

Crisis averted? ECB eases off on bond-buying
# Bond Markets
# Bond Markets

Crisis averted? ECB eases off on bond-buying

Aug 22nd 2011, 5:23 PM 100 Views 3 Comments

The ECB spent €14.3bn buying Spanish and Italian bonds last week, down from €22bn the week before, as the crisis eased.

# italian-economy - Friday 12 August, 2011

What is ‘short selling’ – and has it made any difference to the markets?
# Markets
# Markets

What is ‘short selling’ – and has it made any difference to the markets?

Aug 12th 2011, 9:43 AM 258 Views 7 Comments

Italy, Spain, France and Belgium ban investors from betting on falls – but the main markets still slip on their opening.

# italian-economy - Monday 8 August, 2011

Dow disaster: 632-point drop is the 6th-worst in history
# In The Red
# In The Red

Dow disaster: 632-point drop is the 6th-worst in history

Aug 8th 2011, 9:28 PM 1,042 Views 1 Comment

The Dow Jones ends its day deep in the red, as the S&P loses 6.6 per cent and the NASDAQ sheds nearly 7 per cent of its value.

Take 5: Monday
# Take 5
# Take 5

Take 5: Monday

Aug 8th 2011, 4:50 PM 2,093 Views 7 Comments

5 stories, 5 minutes, 5 o’clock.

US markets continue nosedive as investors dump shares for bonds
# Markets
# Markets

US markets continue nosedive as investors dump shares for bonds

Aug 8th 2011, 4:02 PM 675 Views 4 Comments

The US bond market responds brilliantly to the S&P downgrade, but the world’s stock markets are the obvious victims.

# italian-economy - Thursday 4 August, 2011

Barroso warns: the Eurozone debt crisis is spreading
# Debt Crisis
# Debt Crisis

Barroso warns: the Eurozone debt crisis is spreading

Aug 4th 2011, 4:27 PM 806 Views 21 Comments

The President of the European Commission tells us what we already know, as he calls for “full backing” for struggling countries.

# italian-economy - Tuesday 2 August, 2011

Europe teeters on the brink as Spanish, Italian borrowing costs rise
# Euro In Crisis
# Euro In Crisis

Europe teeters on the brink as Spanish, Italian borrowing costs rise

Aug 2nd 2011, 5:31 PM 595 Views 16 Comments

If it was borrowing today, Spain would pay 6.3 per cent interest for a 10-year loan – a level that can’t be sustained.

# italian-economy - Wednesday 27 July, 2011

Bailed-out Ireland could stump up €11.1 billion… to pay for new bailout fund
# Bailout
# Bailout

Bailed-out Ireland could stump up €11.1 billion… to pay for new bailout fund

Jul 27th 2011, 1:00 PM 1,003 Views 32 Comments

The new European Stability Mechanism will need will claw back a huge amount of the loans it’s already giving us.

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