“Europe is experiencing an economic shock without precedent since the Great Depression,” EU Economy Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni says, as output drops more than 7 percent due to coronavirus outbreak.
Italian President Mattarella proposes "neutral" government to steer the country until December if bickering political parties failed to form a ruling coalition after inconclusive elections in March.
A horse-trading deal could now pave the way for discussions over who will lead the country as a Five Star Movement member was chosen as speaker of the Chamber of Deputies while a Forza Italia was voted head of the Senate.
Up to 470 Italian troops will be deployed in Niger to combat migration and the trafficking of people towards Europe, many of whom wash up on Italian shores.
The heads of seven southern European states vow to up their efforts to tackle flows of migrants from war-torn and poor countries into Europe.
A parliamentary election set for March 4 may bring a new era of uncertainty to the country as it is expected to produce a hung parliament.
The EU is willing to start talks next month on a roughly two-year transition period to ease Britain out after March 2019, but has asked for more clarity from London on what it wants before it will open trade negotiations.
Nations bicker openly over migration policy in an east-west divide centred on several states which refuse to accept refugee quotas.
Poll says idea of "ius soli" or rights linked to the land where you are born is losing support among Italians, a drop from 41 percent in October last year to 32.3 percent now, even though such a path to citizenship exists in many other EU countries
Banca Popolare di Vicenza and Veneto Banca have been in trouble since the eurozone debt crisis. The two banks are likely to be broken up with Italian taxpayers footing the bill for the toxic assets of the two.
There was no agreement reached on climate change, but President Donald Trump did not commit to abandoning the Paris climate accord as he promised during his election campaign.
Rescuers have found eight people alive, including two children, in the rubble of a hotel hit Wednesday by an avalanche in the Abruzzo region. More than 20 people are thought to be still missing.
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