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Could Italy dump the euro for the "mini-BOT"?

by Stephen Beard Jun 17, 2019
Could a proposed Italian government bond turn into a parallel currency ... and replace the euro?
Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini delivers a speech during a rally of European nationalists ahead of European elections on May 18 in Milan.
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Naples pizza makers embark on an education campaign

by John Laurenson Jun 13, 2019
The original pizzas were topped with oil, cheese, basil and lard.
A Neapolitan pizza made with lard.
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My Economy

Surviving Brexit, one seed at a time

by Marketplace Staff Apr 29, 2019
In response to anxieties, Paolo Arrigo of Franchi Seeds is selling Brexit "survival kits." They're a hit.
Paolo Arrigo is the director of Franchi Seeds.
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What to look out for in Europe in 2019

by Stephen Beard Jan 4, 2019
With Brexit looming and amid economic uncertainty, Europe faces some strong headwinds.
The Berlaymont building, the headquarters for the European Commission, in Brussels.
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The EU balks at Italy's definition of debt

by , and Nov 9, 2018
But what's Europe's definition based on, anyway?
 People stand in front of a 'debt clock' screen displaying the Italy's public debt at the Rome's Termini central station on February 15, 2018.
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Mr. Conte goes to Washington

by Erika Beras Jul 30, 2018
Today President Donald Trump will welcome Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to the White House. When Conte and Trump met earlier this year at the G7 and NATO summits, they found common ground on Russia and on anti-immigration policy. But…
Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte (L) shakes hands with the President of the United States Donald Trump on the first day of the G7 Summit, on 8 June, 2018 in La Malbaie, Canada.
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European politics are causing tremors in financial markets

by David Brancaccio and Janet Nguyen May 29, 2018
But, "it's also important to remember that the markets are not in anything like the kind of conditions they were when the eurozone crisis was at its most intense back in 2011 and 2012," Andrew Walker, an economics correspondent for…
Italian President Sergio Mattarella addresses journalists after a meeting with Italy's prime ministerial candidate Giuseppe Conte on Sunday at the Quirinale presidential palace in Rome. Italy's prime ministerial candidate Giuseppe Conte gave up his mandate to form a government after talks with the president over his cabinet collapsed. 
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Immigration issue dominates Italian elections

by Stephen Beard Mar 1, 2018
A mass influx of migrants has been met with a political backlash.
From left, Giorgia Meloni, leader of far-right party Brothers of Italy; Silvio Berlusconi, head of the center-right Forza Italia; and Matteo Salvini, leader of far-right party the League, give a joint press conference in Rome today ahead of the March 4 general election.
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Berlusconi still strides Italy's political stage

by Stephen Beard Mar 1, 2018
The conservative politician plays a central role as elections loom.
Silvio Berlusconi, leader of the Italian right-wing party Forza Italia (Go Italy), gestures as he delivers a speech on stage during a campaign rally in Milan on Feb. 25, 2018, ahead of the Italian general elections.
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Uncertain mood as Italy prepares to vote

by Stephen Beard Feb 28, 2018
Unemployment and migration are center-stage as Italy prepares for election.
Massimo Ungaro, a candidate for Partito Democratico (PD) in Sunday’s election.  
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