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  1. Business - Economy - ITALY ECONOMY

    Renzi’s mission: nurse Italy back to health

    Posted Feb 20th 2014, 11:50am by NICHOLAS SPIRO

    ... Nicholas Spiro Italy's incoming prime minister has set an ambitious agenda to nurse the 'sick man of Europe' back to health but massive challenges await him A dose of Renzinomics Italy has been the "sick man of Europe" for some time. Matteo Renzi might just be able to restore it to health- but the remedy will not be delivered easily. There's a huge ...

  2. Business - Economy - COMMENT

    Europe’s rapidly unravelling economic reform agenda

    Posted Aug 28th 2014, 11:26am by NICHOLAS SPIRO

    ... of GDP. Italy, which accounts for 17 per cent of euro-zone output and has the second-largest public debt-GDP ratio in the bloc after Greece, is in an even worse predicament. While France’s economy at least posted growth in six of the past 12 quarters, Italy has managed to register positive growth in only one quarter since the beginning of 2012 (a meagre 0.1 per cent in the final quarter ...

  3. Business - Economy - JAKE'S VIEW

    No, it wouldn’t make any difference

    Posted Sep 22nd 2014, 10:39am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... of the common currency. If not now [Scotland] will do so eventually as, very likely, will Wales and Northern Ireland Germany similarly remains a patchwork of regional loyalties, as does Italy. People ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    After Scotland, who will be next to hold a referendum on independence?

    Posted Sep 19th 2014, 01:49pm by Kevin Rafferty

    ... marches by an estimated 1.8 million people through Barcelona. Italy has pockets of historic nationalism stirring again in the South Tyrol, Veneto and Sardinia. Germany still has strong regional ...

  5. Comment - Letters

    Officials ignoring the obvious advantages of zero-waste policy

    Posted Sep 11th 2014, 05:11am by LETTERS

    ... and a breath of fresh air to this city- an easily formulated, viable and sustainable zero-waste policy, similar to governments worldwide. Taiwan, Italy and San Francisco are already well on the way ...

  6. Business - Economy - MARKETS

    EU easing under ‘Draghinomics’ a pipedream

    Posted Sep 11th 2014, 11:25am by NICHOLAS SPIRO

    ... immediately resulted in a sharp fall in the bond yields of Spain and Italy as investors believed the ECB was willing to stand behind the debts of the euro zone's vulnerable southern European ... conceding that the ECB is unable to remedy the underlying ills of the euro zone: a lack of demand and a dearth of structural reforms, particularly in growth-starved France and Italy where ...

  7. Comment - Letters

    Letters to the Editor, September 8, 2014

    Posted Sep 08th 2014, 03:46am by LETTERS

    ... reached their Rubicon " Alea iacta est ", said Suetonius to Julius Ceasar, as his army crossed the Rubicon River in Italy in 49BC. This act started the chain of events that led ...

  8. Business - Banking & Finance

    Portugal's bank rescue throws euro zone woes into sharp relief

    Posted Aug 08th 2014, 04:28am by NICHOLAS SPIRO

    ... Benchmark Spanish and Italian 10-year bond yields, meanwhile, have barely budged and are also trading at near-record lows despite the release of Italy's second-quarter GDP data on Wednesday ... in order to help shield taxpayers- is a foretaste of things to come. The country to watch is Italy, which accounts for about 17 per cent of the euro zone's GDP The eagerly awaited results ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    At stall speed, world's major economies languish in a cycle of relapse

    Posted Aug 28th 2014, 02:22pm by Stephen Roach

    ... and to address serious competitiveness problems in France and Italy. Unfortunately, the more that central banks give the impression that that they are on the case, and the more that markets cheer them ...

  10. Comment - Blogs

    Suntech eyes Italy asset sale, LDK defaults

    Posted Apr 18th 2013, 03:16pm by Doug Young

    ... The main asset up for sale would be its 88 per cent stake in GSF, a fund that was building solar plants in Italy mostly using Suntech-supplied solar panels. Some readers may recall that Suntech ...




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