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Italy's Renzi praises Europe before confidence vote

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Tuesday criticized Eurosceptics and said Italy was vital to Europe's future in a speech to lawmakers, as parliament prepared a vote of confidence on his new government. "Europe is not our enemy," the 39-year-old centre-left leader, the European Union's youngest prime minister, said just ahead of a vote that is expected to confirm his cabinet after it was sworn in over the weekend.

Key names from Italy PM Renzi's new government

Italy's new government line-up brings together prestigious political figures and relative unknowns, from a chief OECD economist to an anti-mafia fighter. Here are some of the key names of the centre left-right coalition members tasked with tackling the ills created by a deep recession in the eurozone's third largest economy. -- Matteo Renzi, Prime Minister, head of the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) and former mayor of Florence, engineered the overthrow of his predecessor Enrico Letta.

Factbox: Who's who of the cabinet named by Italy's Matteo Renzi

ROME (Reuters) - Prime Minister-designate Matteo Renzi named the 16 members of his new coalition government, the first Italian administration to be 50 percent women. The new administration will be sworn in at 10:30 GMT Saturday, and will face confidence votes from Monday to confirm it has the required majority in parliament.

Italy's Renzi set to unveil new cabinet Friday

Italy's Matteo Renzi hopes to unveil his new cabinet Friday, a source in his party said, despite last-minute haggling over key posts. "It is not official yet, but Matteo Renzi plans to go to see the president around 4pm (1500 GMT) to formally accept the mandate as prime minister and present his ministers," a source from the PM-designate's centre-left Democratic Party (PD) told AFP. The Florence mayor has been negotiating hard with his future coalition partners to secure a fresh cabinet line-up.

Italy's Renzi in last-minute haggle over new cabinet

Italy's Matteo Renzi hopes to have the final make-up of his new cabinet by the end of Friday, but has been forced into a last-minute haggle over key posts, according to Italian media reports. The PM-designate is reluctant to keep the same team which worked with his predecessor Enrico Letta, who was ousted by Renzi's own centre-left party for failing to implement promised reforms. "It cannot be a Letta government mark two", the Corriere della Sera daily quoted Renzi as saying, adding that the head of the Democratic Party (PD) "is looking to the future, and is worried."

Italy's Renzi to propose cabinet list to president today: party source

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's prime minister-designate Matteo Renzi will see President Giorgio Napolitano on Friday and present the head of state with his list of cabinet ministers, a source in Renzi's center-left Democratic Party said. The move means Renzi's government could be sworn in over the weekend at the latest. Renzi has said he wants to go before parliament on Monday for a confidence vote. (Reporting By Philip Pullella)

Italy's PM-designate Renzi says expects government in place by Monday

ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister-designate Matteo Renzi said he expected to formally accept the role as government leader on Saturday and to ask parliament for a confidence vote in his new government on Monday. "I'm convinced that the conditions are in place to do good work," Renzi told reporters after completing talks with parliamentary groups on Wednesday.

Italy PM-designate takes a battering in poll

Italy's prime minister-designate Matteo Renzi has taken a battering in opinion polls even before he takes office, with many unhappy about his grab for power. Sixty-five percent described Renzi's abrupt ousting of Enrico Letta at the helm of the leftist Democratic Party as a "blow to democracy", according to a poll published Wednesday in La Stampa daily. Only 26 percent of the 509 people questioned said it was a "normal" change in government, the poll conducted by the Institut Piepoli found.

Italy PM-designate takes a battering in poll

Italy's prime minister-designate Matteo Renzi has taken a battering in opinion polls even before he takes office, with many unhappy about his grab for power. Sixty-five percent described Renzi's abrupt ousting of Enrico Letta at the helm of the leftist Democratic Party as a "blow to democracy", according to a poll published Wednesday in La Stampa daily. Only 26 percent of the 509 people questioned said it was a "normal" change in government, the poll conducted by the Institut Piepoli found.

Italy's man in a hurry faces questions as he starts coalition talks

By Massimiliano Di Giorgio and Roberto Landucci ROME (Reuters) - Italian center-left leader Matteo Renzi began the delicate task of trying to form a new government on Tuesday, facing questions about how he will fill key ministerial posts and the details of his ambitious reform agenda. Renzi has promised a rapid program of reforms, pledging to tackle the electoral and constitutional system, overhaul the public administration and reform labor market and tax rules, all within four months of taking office.
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