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European Economic Affairs Commissioner Jyrki Katainen said Friday that the EU wanted to avoid the worst-case scenario, amid a big row over the Italian government's publication of a letter requesting clarifications about its 2015 budget bill.

Berlusconi to 'definitely run again'

Silvio Berlusconi said Friday that he is certain he will be able to stand in elections again for his opposition, centre-right Forza Italia (FI) party as he is upbeat about being able to overturn a tax-fraud conviction that comes with a ban from public office.

Italian retail sales down in August

Retail sales in recession-battered Italy were down again in August, Istat said Friday. The national statistics agency said sales were 3.1% down on August 2013, adding that there was a "slight drop" of 0.1% on July this year.

EU leaders reach climate change deal

European Union leaders have reached a deal on reducing greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change after tough negotiations at a summit in Brussels. The deal will see the EU cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030, compared with 1990 levels.



Moratti quits after Mazzarri snub

Sports. Massimo Moratti quit as Inter Milan honorary chairman Thursday after coach Walter Mazzarri said he was not "even worth listening to" when he criticised the recent performances of the team he once owned.

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Sala announces B2B platform to facilitate business contacts

Expo hopes to draw 1.5 million Chinese

Organisers are hoping to draw as many as 1.5 million Chinese to Milan Expo 2015, Commissioner Giuseppe Sala said Thursday. "The current mood is that one million Chinese are not enough, we want to bring 1.

Slow Food and pavilion collaborate in view of Milan fair

Italy's Expo Pavilion at Turin's Gusto food fair

The Italy Pavilion for Milan Expo 2015 will be on show at the Slow Food food fair Salone del Gusto in Turin from Thursday through Monday.

Oct 21 Travel recommendations include visit to World's Fair in Italy

Lonely Planet guide adds Milan Expo to 'Best of 2015'

The Lonely Planet travel guide has added Milan to the top of its list as one of its best cities in the world to visit next year, thanks to its hosting of the Expo 2015.

Oct 20 Devised by young farmers in light of Expo 2015

Campaign to unite agriculture groups

October 20 - A campaign to build debate between diverse sectors in the agriculture industry, in light of the upcoming food-themed Expo 2015 in Milan, was launched on Monday by the National Association of Young Farmers (ANGA) and the young people's division...

Expo commissioner takes over from indicted ex-manager Acerbo

Sala to be Expo Italy pavilion chief

Milan Expo 2015 Commissioner Giuseppe Sala said Monday he will take over as commissioner for the construction of the Italy pavilion. He replaces Antonio Acerbo, who stepped down prior to being arrested on charges of corruption and bid-rigging.

Will land another big fish soon says Sala

Italy 'working intensely' for Expo - Napolitano

Italy is "working intensely" towards making next year's Milan Expo 2015 a "roaring success," Italian President Giorgio Napolitano said Thursday as he welcomed some 50 Asian and European leaders to an Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) summit in the Lombardy capital.

New York to adhere to Milan food pact

New York mayor to visit Milan Expo 2015

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio will visit Milan Expo 2105 with his family, said the mayor of Milan on Wednesday, who spoke from New York City Hall after a meeting with his counterpart.

Artistic director pulls out all the stops on culinary indulgence

Venice's Carnival adopts food theme for Milan Expo

Carnival season in Venice, or Carnevale, draws thick crowds from the world over to revel in an extravaganza whose dreamy, decadent aesthetic recalls the masked balls of old Europe.

Containers, tent and earth showcase themes

Monaco presents sustainable Milan Expo 2015 pavilion

The Principality of Monaco presented plans for its sustainable Expo Milan 2015 pavilion at a press conference in Milan on Wednesday.

Dozens of new graduates to help firms beat red tape

Lombardy hiring 'bureaucratic angels' for Expo

Lombardy's regional government plans to hire 30 recent graduates as "bureaucratic angels" helping firms cut through Italy's notorious red tape during the Expo Milano 2015 exhibit, Governor Roberto Maroni said Tuesday.

Oct 6 Design legend to create new building featuring Martini history

Pininfarina to style Martini Terrace for Expo

A new Martini Terrace, designed by Pininfarina, will feature on the main Expo arterial road, Paolo Pininfarina and Martini country manager, Giorgio Molinari, announced Monday in Milan.

Oct 3 Famous acrobats to celebrate ties between food and wellbeing

Cirque du Soleil to put on performance tailored to Expo

The Cirque du Soleil will create a food-themed show to be performed during Milan Expo 2015, the famed Canadian entertainment company and Expo jointly announced this week.

Oct 1 'Govt will be there if you come up with plan' says Calenda

Lupi opens 54th Genoa Intl Boat Show

The 54th International Boat Show opened Wednesday in the northwestern port city of Genoa to the strains of Italy's national anthem and a raising of the flag.

Oct 1 All Star member Meneghin also signs up for World Fair

Gallinari becomes Milan Expo ambassador

Milan Expo 2015 on Wednesday signed up two of basketball's big names, Danilo Gallinari and Dino Meneghin, as ambassadors for next year's World Fair.

French pavilion to be made of reusable wood

Work well underway on pavilions at Expo

Construction is underway on 41 of the 53 single-nation pavilions for Milan Expo 2015 and work on the rest will start within the next two weeks, says Commissioner Giuseppe Sala.

'Sustainable' display space to cover 3,600 square metres

Construction underway on France's wood-based Expo pavilion

France's Agriculture Minister Stephane Le Foll participated in the groundbreaking on Monday for the French pavilion of Expo Milan 2015, to be constructed almost entirely from wood of the Jura mountains in eastern France.

Annual EC meeting on SMEs to take place in Naples

Expo 2015 and small business growth a focus at assembly

Expo Milan 2015 will be a context for discussion of opportunities for small and medium enterprise (SME) growth at the European Commission SME Assembly, taking place October 1-3 in Naples.

September 26 Research into Milan labour market to coincide with world fair

Drones to transmit images of Expo 2015 final works

Drone-powered aerial videos of construction at the Milan Expo 2015 site will be thrown up regularly on the Web, Expo social media channels, and an Expo promotional centre in downtown Milan, thanks to an agreement signed this week with unmanned aircraft spe...

September 19 Sala not worried on pavilion construction progress

Lupi pledges funds for Milan Expo transport needs

The Italian transport minister this week promised to locate funding necessary to reinforce mass transport during Milan Expo 2015 on off hours.

Average price for visit to Universal Fair to be 22 euros

Milan Expo tickets go on sale to public

Tickets to Milan Expo 2015 went on sale to the general public for the first time on Monday.