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Italy's parliament meets in bid to form government

Italy's new parliament met on Friday for the first time since a deadlocked election in February, amid increasing pressure to seek a way out of an impasse which has left the eurozone's third largest economy without a government. The centre-left won a majority in the lower house in the election, but failed to snag control of the Senate, and attempts by its leader Pier Luigi Bersani to close a deal with rival parties have so far been unsuccessful.

Libyan gas deliveries to Italy resume

Supplies of Libyan natural gas to Italy via the Greenstream pipeline have resumed after a week-long interruption caused by clashes between former rebels, the Mellitah Oil and Gas company said on Sunday. "The flow of gas to Italy resumed on Saturday at a normal rate," said a source at the company, which operates a gas complex that was evacuated on March 2 after an exchange of fire between armed groups nearby. Mellitah is a joint venture company owned equally by Italian energy group ENI and Libya's state-run National Oil Corporation.

Clash halts Libyan gas delivery to Italy: officials

The delivery of Libyan gas to Italy via the Greenstream pipeline was halted on Sunday after a gunfight between former rebels near a gas complex in the west of the country, an official said. "The site was evacuated as a security measure after an exchange of fire between former rebels near the complex" on Saturday, Abdelfattah Sharkan, president of the board of Millitah Oil and Gas which operates the complex, told AFP.

Clash halts Libyan gas delivery to Italy: officials

The delivery of Libyan gas to Italy via the Greenstream pipeline was halted on Sunday after a gunfight between former rebels near a gas complex in the west of the country, an official said. "The site was evacuated as a security measure after an exchange of fire between former rebels near the complex" on Saturday, Abdelfattah Sharkan, president of the board of Millitah Oil and Gas which operates the complex, told AFP.

UPDATE 1-Italy's centre-left rules out grand coalition - paper

(Adds further quotes) MILAN, March 1 (Reuters) - Italy's centre-left will not form any grand coalition with Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right group after inconclusive parliamentary elections earlier this week, left-wing leader Pier Luigi Bersani said in an interview on Friday. "I want to spell it out clearly: the idea of a grand coalition does not exist and will never exist," Bersani told La Repubblica newspaper.

UPDATE 1-Italy's Grillo rules out voting for centre-left government

ROME, Feb 27 (Reuters) - Populist leader Beppe Grillo on Wednesday ruled out voting for any government led by the traditional parties after Italy's inconclusive election but said his 5-Star Movement could back individual laws. Democratic Party (PD) leader Pier Luigi Bersani, whose centre-left coalition took the most seats in parliament but failed to win a majority in the vote which ended on Monday, has put out cautious feelers towards 5-Star, which benefited from a huge protest vote.

Leftist leader says Italy faces 'dramatic situation'

Centre-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani on Tuesday said Italy faced a "dramatic situation" after an inconclusive election that has spooked Europe, and called on a new protest party that has made huge inroads to outline its demands. "We are aware that we are in a dramatic situation, we are aware of the risks that Italy faces," Bersani said in his first speech since the elections on Sunday and Monday. Bersani also outlined a limited programme of reforms including overhauling the election laws and cutting political costs, asking for other parties in parliament to endorse it.

URGENT ¥¥¥ Leftist leader says Italy faces 'dramatic situation'

Italian centre-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani said on Tuesday he was aware of the "dramatic situation" the country faces after an inconclusive election that has spooked Europe. "We are aware that we are in a dramatic situation, we are aware of the risks that Italy faces," Bersani said in his first speech since the elections on Sunday and Monday. dt/ide/lc

URGENT ¥¥¥ Leftist leader Bersani warns Italy in 'delicate situation'

Leftist leader Pier Luigi Bersani on Monday said Italy faced a "delicate situation" after his coalition appeared to have won a majority in the lower house but failed to take the upper house following critical elections. "It is clear to everyone that this is a very delicate situation for the country. We will handle the responsibilities that these elections have given us in Italy's interest," Bersani said in his first reaction to the vote. dt/ide/jj

Greece can help solve EU's 'energy insecurity': PM

Greece can help resolve Europe's energy insecurity with its untapped resources, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said on Monday. "There is the potential for very substantial sources in our area," Samaras told an international energy conference in Athens. "Greece can play a key role to alleviate ... Europe's energy insecurity," he added. The cash-strapped Greek state hopes for several billion euros (dollars) in revenue over the next 15 years from hydrocarbon caches which it believes lie in the Ionian Sea and near Crete.
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