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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Business - Comment

    Time for Germany to play as a team and share its powers

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 04:01am by DAVID BROWN

    ... hopes have gone up in smoke. Germany, France and Italy have all succumbed to a sudden downturn in growth prospects. The French economy is stagnating while Italy is bogged down in recession. ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Talking points

    Posted Aug 08th 2014, 03:59am by STAFF

    ... a biting incident. Suarez was banned for four months from any soccer-related activity for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup in Brazil. Last month, Suarez moved ...

  7. Business - Economy

    Radical action needed as euro zone remains on amber alert

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 03:56am by DAVID BROWN

    ... Italy have already slipped into recession. Even Germany's economy has lost drive. Fallout from the crisis in Ukraine and the European Union's sanctions against Russia are gnawing ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Politics of debt stymies Italy

    Posted Mar 02nd 2013, 12:00am

    ... SCMP Editorial Politics of debt stymies Italy Italy's European partners had hoped for a new government in Rome with the electoral legitimacy to complete the economic reform ... Perhaps surprisingly, markets have not been unduly rattled. Initial falls in European stock markets and a rise in Italy's bond yield have been reversed, but the euro has weakened about 1 per ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - THE VIEW

    Key to inequality is soaring home prices

    Posted Aug 05th 2014, 03:15pm by Richard Wong

    ... countries in his sample- Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the US- the average increase in the ratio of housing capital to income was 186 per cent, while the average ...




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