Poll: Italians support Prime Minister Renzi and his economic plan

ROME, March 14 (UPI) -- A majority of Italians believe Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is doing a good job and back his economic program, a poll released Friday indicated.

Renzi promises reforms as he becomes Italian prime minister

ROME, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Matteo Renzi was sworn in as Italy's youngest-ever prime minister Saturday, pledging reforms to awaken the country's stagnant economy.

Renzi to close list of ministers to be presented to Napolitano

ROME, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Italian Prime Minister-designate Matteo Renzi may present his list of minister nominees to President Giorgio Napolitano as early as Friday, officials said.

Renzi given mandate to form government in Italy

ROME, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Matteo Renzi, Italy's anticipated prime minister, said Monday he hoped to have reforms in place within the next few months.

New Italian premier-to-be urged to remain loyal to allies

ROME, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Italy's incoming premier, Matteo Renzi, must not forget who his political friends are after he is sworn in, the leader of a center-right coalition said Sunday.

Letto resigns; Napolitano expected to name Florence Mayor Renzi new PM

ROME, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta Friday gave his letter of resignation to President Giorgio Napolitano, ending his 10 months in office.

Pig heads sent to Italian synagogue before Holocaust Remembrance Day

ROME, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Italian President Giorgio Napolitano Monday called three pig heads sent to Jewish institutions in Rome "a miserable provocation."
Obama to meet Pope Francis during three-country visit

Obama to meet Pope Francis during three-country visit

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- President Obama will meet with Pope Francis in March during a diplomatic trip to the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy, the White House said Tuesday.
Italian PM to hold vote of confidence in Parliament

Italian PM to hold vote of confidence in Parliament

ROME, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta said he plans to call for a vote of confidence in coming weeks after the Forza Italia party left the governing coalition.

Italian film director Carlo Lizzani commits suicide at 91

ROME, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Italian film director Carlo Lizzani committed suicide by jumping from his third-floor balcony in Rome, officials said. He was 91.

At least 200 dead in boat wreck off Lampedusa, Italy

LAMPEDUSA, Italy, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- At least 200 people are confirmed dead after a boat carrying asylum seekers from Africa wrecked Thursday near the Italian island of Lampedusa, officials said.

Former CIA member asks for pardon in Italian kidnapping

WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- A former U.S. CIA station chief in Italy has reached out to the Italian president seeking to be pardoned for his role in the kidnapping of a Muslim cleric.

Official: Pardon would still bar Berlusconi from holding public office

ROME, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi will lose his Senate seat even if he receives a presidential pardon, an Italian legislative official said Wednesday.
EU faces double whammy of political turmoil in Italy, Spain

EU faces double whammy of political turmoil in Italy, Spain

BRUSSELS, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Europe's southern eurozone faces the double whammy of political turmoil in Italy and Spain, where both governments are at risk of being toppled by corruption scandals.

Marina Berlusconi says she has no political plans

ROME, June 26 (UPI) -- Marina Berlusconi, daughter of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, said Wednesday she has no plans to take over her father's political movement.
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Giorgio Napolitano
U.S. President George W. Bush (R) shakes hands with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on December 11, 2007. (UPI Photo/Carol T. Powers/POOL)

Giorgio Napolitano (Italian pronunciation: ; born 29 June 1925) is an Italian politician and former lifetime senator, the 11th and current President of the Italian Republic. His election took place on 10 May 2006, and his term started with the swearing-in ceremony held on 15 May 2006. He is the first President of Italy to have been a member of the Italian Communist Party.

Giorgio Napolitano was born in Naples. In 1942 he matriculated at the University of Naples Federico II. He adhered to the local Giovent├╣ Universitaria Fascista ("University Fascist Youth"), where he met his core group of friends, who shared his opposition to Italian fascism. As he would later state, the group "was in fact a true breeding ground of anti-fascist intellectual energies, disguised and to a certain extent tolerated".

A theatre enthusiast since high school, during his university years he contributed a theatrical review to the IX Maggio weekly magazine, and had small parts in plays organized by the Giovent├╣ Universitaria Fascista itself. He played in a comedy by Salvatore Di Giacomo at Teatro Mercadante in Naples. Napolitano dreamed of being an actor and spent his early years performing in several productions at the Teatro Mercadante. He later measured himself against Joyce and Eliot.

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