Italy is gearing up for Sunday's referendum on whether to reform the country's constitution. Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi backs the reform, which he says will make governing more efficient. Many voters are opposed.
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.
Rome wants to borrow more in order to boost welfare, lower the retirement age, allow for a partial amnesty on unpaid taxes, and grow the Italian economy. The budget puts Rome on a collision course with Brussels.
On Sunday, citizens of the Republic of Macedonia face a historic vote. Should they change their country's name — and in doing so, continue on the path toward the European Union and NATO?
Italy's Economy Minister has weighed into the row over Italy's 2019 budget, urging constructive conversation. The EU says Italy will break deficit rules and damage the bloc financially – claims which Rome denies.
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