07-Jun-18 16:43 - By Giulia Lombardo

Chris Froome - the first Brit to win Giro d'Italia

Chris Froome became the first British man to win the Giro d'Italia. The 33-year-old Team Sky had his third successive triumph in the final stage in Rome which completed his set of Grand Tour victories. In the general classification, Chris Froome beat the 2017 Giro champion, Dutchman Tom Dumoulin, by finishing 46 seconds clear of him. Froome is the third man in history to hold simultaneously the Grand Tour title, Tour de France win and maiden La Vuelta victory (after Eddy Merckx and Bernard Hinault). All these victories were achieved in the space of 10 months.

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07-Jun-18 16:37 - By

We have a new government!

After months of political drama which had worried financial markets and Italy's EU partners, Italy has finally a new government. Just when fresh elections seemed inevitable, on Thursday, President Sergio Mattarella named Giuseppe Conte prime minister for the second time in less than a fortnight (he had formally rejected a mandate to form a new government, after his choice of anti-Europe Paolo Savona as Economy Minister was vetoed by President Sergio Mattarella). This time Mattarella approved Conte’s revised government made up of the nationalist League and anti-establishment Five Star Movement.

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30-May-18 14:51 - By

Italy's 66th government since the end of WW2?

Will Italy succeed in forming its 66th government since the end of the second world war? the far-right League and anti-establishment 5-Star Movement were almost on the way to forming a coalition led by the newly appointed prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, who was in charge of putting together the full list of names that would have formed his cabinet. On the contrary, he has formally rejected a mandate to form a new government. This happened after his choice of Paolo Savona as Economy Minister was vetoed by President Sergio Mattarella. Paolo Savona is an 81-year-old former industry minister who opposed the signing of the Maastricht treaty and is a fierce anti-Europe supporter. Mattarella refused to approve Conte’s choice in order to avoid alarming Italian and foreign markets and investors.

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