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2006-05-27 12:14:35

ROME (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will meet her new Italian counterpart on June 12 in Washington to discuss issues including Rome's plans to withdraw its troops from Iraq, Italy's foreign ministry said on Saturday. Italy's centre-left Prime Minister Romano Prodi has vowed to live up to campaign promises for a swift pull-out, recently calling the Iraq war a "grave error." Prodi, elected last month, is still drawing up a timetable to withdraw Italy's 2,800...

2006-05-23 14:44:46

By Robin Pomeroy ROME (Reuters) - Italy's new prime minister Romano Prodi won the final seal of approval from parliament on Tuesday, allowing his centre-left government to get on with running a country whose public finances are spiraling out of control. Prodi's victory in the lower house, where he enjoys a much bigger majority than in the Senate (upper house), had been expected. The chamber passed the confidence vote, the last step in the transition from Silvio Berlusconi's record...

2006-05-23 12:22:51

By Robin Pomeroy ROME (Reuters) - Italy's Prime Minister Romano Prodi was set to get the final stamp of approval to his new government on Tuesday, allowing him to get on with running a country whose public finances are out of control. Prodi told parliament ahead of the vote his priority was to drag Italy out of stagnation and stem a spiraling budget deficit which he said was in a "critical" state. "We have gone back under the spotlight of the international markets. In the next few...

2006-05-22 10:44:32

By Kerstin Gehmlich CANNES, France (Reuters) - Italian director Nanni Moretti brought his cinematic swipe at former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to the Cannes film festival on Monday, bringing yet more politics to the competition's screens. Already released in Italy just two weeks before the recent election, "The Caiman" is one of 20 films vying for the coveted "Palme d'Or" at the world's biggest film festival. The political theme is a neat fit with other movies in competition,...

2006-05-20 15:51:31

ROME (Reuters) - The new Italian government will hold a meeting next week to work out a withdrawal plan for Italy's troops from Iraq, Foreign Minister Massimo D'Alema said on Saturday. D'Alema, who is also a deputy prime minister, told reporters during a visit to the southern city of Naples that the meeting would likely be held on Wednesday. The centre-left government of Prime Minister Romano Prodi has said it wanted to bring home Italy's remaining 2,600 troops from Iraq but has not...

2006-05-19 08:13:36

By Robin Pomeroy ROME (Reuters) - Italy's Prime Minister Romano Prodi survived a confidence vote in the Senate on Friday, winning the stamp of approval for his new government from the upper house of parliament where he has just two seats more than the opposition. Prodi won by 165 votes to 155, with his margin of victory boosted by a "yes" vote from all seven of Italy's unelected senators for life. "It couldn't have gone better," Prodi said, moments after winning a crucial vote...

2006-05-19 06:25:19

By Robin Pomeroy ROME (Reuters) - Italy's new Prime Minister Romano Prodi faced a confidence vote in the Senate on Friday, seeking the stamp of approval for his government from the upper house of parliament where he has just two seats more than the opposition. With such a fragile majority -- after winning a general election by the narrowest margin in post-war history -- the vote was transformed from what is usually a symbolic rite of passage into a real test which could even sink...

2006-05-18 08:59:48

By Silvia Aloisi ROME (Reuters) - Prime Minister Romano Prodi on Thursday vowed to undo most of the policies of his predecessor, Silvio Berlusconi, and pledged to bring all Italy's troops home from what he called the "occupation" of Iraq. Outlining his program a day after his centre-left government was sworn in, Prodi said Italy needed a social, economic and moral jolt to mark a clean break with the past. "We consider the war in Iraq and the occupation of the country a grave error,"...

2006-05-17 10:37:54

By Silvia Aloisi and Francesca Piscioneri ROME (Reuters) - Romano Prodi was finally sworn in as Italy's new prime minister on Wednesday and vowed to soothe political tensions in a country split in two by the closest election in its post-war history. Prodi, who was given the mandate to govern by President Giorgio Napolitano on Tuesday, took the oath of office with his new cabinet after protracted negotiations with his centre-left coalition partners over the distribution of...

2006-05-17 05:52:11

By Silvia Aloisi and Francesca Piscioneri ROME (Reuters) - Italy's incoming prime minister, Romano Prodi, formed a new government on Wednesday, hours before he was due to formally take power and end a five-week political vacuum. Prodi, who was given the mandate to govern on Tuesday, presented his cabinet list to President Giorgio Napolitano following protracted negotiations with his centre-left coalition partners over the distribution of portfolios. Prodi and his cabinet were to be...


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