Europe could be on the brink of another euro crisis. Coalition negotiations in Italy have collapsed. Now it's feared the country's debt burden is spiralling out of control. European markets reacted with trepidation.
Italy has requested the seizure of the MV Aquarius for alleged anomalies in its disposal of on-board waste. It is the latest obstacle to the rescue ship operating in the Mediterranean.
Italy is trying to show leadership in the Libya crisis in a bid to stem migration and promote stability in North Africa. But that effort hit a snag when Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar backed out at the last minute.
Italy has stuck to its big-spending budget plan, despite demands for changes from the EU and the threat of financial penalties. The move has sparked concerns over Italy's debt, and uncertainty from investors.
In a speech to Germany's parliament, French President Emmanuel Macron has called for a new Franco-German alliance to equip Europe for future challenges. His visit came on Germany's annual war remembrance day.
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