Giuseppe Fonte

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11 Dec 2018 | 7:29 PM

Italy coalition parties resisting major changes to deficit target - government source

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's coalition parties are resisting any major reduction to next year's deficit target, complicating efforts to avoid EU disciplinary action over the 2019 budget, a government source said on Tuesday.

7 Dec 2018 | 9:53 PM

Italy's economy minister denies resignation reports

ROME/VENICE (Reuters) - Italy's Economy Minister Giovanni Tria said on Friday he would not resign and dismissed newspaper reports that he was on the verge of quitting amidst talks with Brussels over next year's budget.

3 Dec 2018 | 3:49 AM

Italian PM upbeat on EU deal prospects ahead of budget votes

ROME (Reuters) - The Italian parliament begins voting this week on the government's contested 2019 budget, with Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte optimistic that a deal can be agreed with the European Commission.

10 Oct 2018 | 5:38 PM

Italy coalition eyes alternatives to economy minister Tria

ROME (Reuters) - When a senior representative of Italy's ruling coalition met international investors over dinner last week he was asked at the end of the evening if he had any questions. He only had one: "What would you do if Tria goes?"

22 Sep 2018 | 9:13 PM

Italy PM spokesman threatens vendetta unless Treasury finds welfare funds

MILAN/ROME (Reuters) - Italy's prime ministerial spokesman has warned that the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement in the coalition government will sack Treasury officials in a "mega-vendetta" unless they find the resources needed for welfare spending.

12 Sep 2018 | 10:21 PM

Italy's 5-Star denies threatening economy minister over budget

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's 5-Star Movement denied on Wednesday that it had threatened to demand Economy Minister Giovanni Tria's resignation unless he approved billions in spending next year for its flagship campaign promise.

5 Sep 2018 | 7:31 PM

Italy's top ministers look to reassure markets over 2019 budget

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's top ministers issued a barrage of statements on Wednesday to reassure financial markets over the government's forthcoming budget, promising to keep state accounts in check and maintain economic stability.

20 Jul 2018 | 11:34 PM

Italy government reaches deal on top posts after market wobble

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's coalition government, facing market turbulence over reports of internal divisions, finally agreed on Friday who should fill two key positions which carry great influence over the economy.

21 Jun 2018 | 9:07 PM

Eurosceptics to head Italian parliamentary finance committees

ROME (Reuters) - Two leading eurosceptics from Italy's far-right League, Claudio Borghi and Alberto Bagnai, were picked on Thursday to head important parliamentary committees, as the League and the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement put together their coalition government.

29 May 2018 | 11:31 PM

Italy's Cottarelli opens door to possible eurosceptic government

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's two main anti-establishment parties could yet form a government, after the man nominated as interim prime minister said politicians, rather than technocrats like himself, might be able to steer the country out of deadlock.