La Bella Italia – that's history now. Italy is plagued by high debt, youth unemployment, corruption and a decrepit bureaucracy. The government hopes to boost stability and efficiency through constitutional reforms.
Incoming leftist President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is stopping a new airport for Mexico City, which he had called "a waste of taxpayers' money" and which was voted down by Mexicans in a referendum.
The EU's budget commissioner has said there are still concerns that the Italian budget could be sent back for revisions. If so, it would be an unprecedented move.
After a period of mourning, the Genoa bridge collapse will have to be addressed. It could trigger infrastructure reforms, but Italy's populist government seems to only be looking for scapegoats, says DW's Barbara Wesel.
The Maldives' presidential election has been dubbed a "referendum on freedom." As China gains more political influence across the archepelago, India wants an electoral setback for "pro-Beijing" President Yameen.
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