Coalition Government

Relief in Italy, but the challenges ahead are huge

Though quite young, Enrico Letta is known as a good mediator. Photo: Bloomberg

Investors greeted the news from Rome's highest hill with relief. Italy's two-year borrowing costs fell to their lowest level since the country adopted the euro in 1999. Like many ordinary Italians, they seemed cautiously buoyed by the fact that Europe's fourth-largest economy was inching towards a new government after two months of unprecedented gridlock.

Friday, 26 April, 2013, 1:45am

Italian parties agree to back Marini for president

Franco Marini faces vote

The Italian parliament's attempt to elect a new president ended in disarray yesterday. Two rounds of voting failed to herald the end of a two-month impasse over a new government and the threat of fresh political divisions. A third vote is set to take place today.

19 Apr 2013 - 3:09am

Italian president asks leftist Bersani to form government

Pier Luigi Bersani

Leftist leader Pier Luigi Bersani got the formal go-ahead yesterday to try to form Italy's next government even though his coalition failed to win an overall majority in parliament in elections last month.

23 Mar 2013 - 3:08am

Netanyahu seals Israel coalition deal ahead of Obama visit

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives to the Likud-Beiteinu faction meeting at the Knesset in Jerusalem. Photo: AP

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday signed agreements with key coalition partners, forming a new government just before a deadline and a milestone visit by US President Barack Obama.

16 Mar 2013 - 4:22am

Only in name

The People Power Coalition. The Nationalist People's Coalition. Democratic Action. Join. Fight. The Christian-Muslim Democrats. When it comes to forming and naming political organisations, nobody parties like Filipino politicians. Unfortunately, the profusion of political parties is not a sign of a healthy democracy, but of political bankruptcy.

9 Oct 2003 - 12:00am

'United' coalition stands by demands

Political parties yesterday reaffirmed their support for tax and rates cuts, despite a question mark over their unity.

The coalition pledged to pursue Donald Tsang Yam-kuen item-by-item over its six-point plan when they meet next week.

17 Jun 1998 - 12:00am

Hope and uncertainty

JAPANESE politics entered an era of great potential - and dangerous uncertainty - yesterday, when almost 40 years of rule by the conservative Liberal Democrats effectively ended. On the shoulders of the flimsy seven-party coalition that replaced them now rest all the hopes for reform and renewal of a country fed up with the corruption and self-serving politics of the old system.

30 Jul 1993 - 12:00am

A struggle for political change

ITALY is in the throes of a peaceful political revolution.

Not since the end of World War II has the country witnessed such momentous changes to its political institutions and system.

2 Jun 1993 - 12:00am