Italy minister to challenge Renzi for leadership of ruling party

By Gavin Jones ROME, Feb 23 : Justice Minister Andrea Orlando said today he would challenge former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi for the leadership of Italy’s ruling Democratic Party (PD), which is in the throes of a damaging split. Orlando, 48, comes from the left wing of the centre-left party and joins Michele Emiliano, the […]

Leftist rival to challenge Renzi as leader of Italy’s ruling party

By Gavin Jones ROME, Feb 21 : Michele Emiliano, the leftist president of the southern region of Puglia, said today he would challenge former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi for the leadership of Italy’s ruling Democratic Party (PD), which faces a damaging split. Emiliano, 57, made the announcement at a meeting of the PD’s executive where […]

Italy’s Renzi defies foes, opens way for party leadership battle

By Crispian Balmer ROME, Feb 19 : Former Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi resigned as head of the ruling Democratic Party (PD) today, opening the way for a leadership fight when he will take on foes who are threatening to rip apart the centre-left group. Battling for his political life, Renzi made clear he would […]

Italy wins backing by Libyan mayors to fight people smuggling

By Steve Scherer ROME, Feb 15 : – Italy won the backing of 10 mayors from towns in the desert south of Libya this week to fight people smuggling as part of an agreement signed earlier this month between Rome and the U.N.-backed government in Tripoli. The mayors secretly flew to Rome on Monday, where […]

Italy’s Renzi set to trigger leadership race at ruling party meeting

By Isla Binnie ROME, Feb 12 : Former Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi looks set to trigger a leadership contest at a meeting of his ruling Democratic Party (PD) tomorrow which could delay the early election he has been pushing for since he was toppled as premier last year. Rising tensions in the PD have […]

Italy will help Libya fight people-smuggling – document

By Gabriela Baczynska VALLETTA, Feb 3 : Italy will provide financing and training to the UN-backed Libyan government to help it fight people smuggling, the two countries’ bilateral agreement showed, part of wider European Union efforts to stem African migration to its shores. The agreement, signed by Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni and Libyan Prime […]