Early returns give center-left parties led by Pier Luigi Bersani a slim lead in parliamentary elections. Silvio Berlusconi's conservatives appear to headed for close victory in the Senate.
The G7 is set to meet on June 7 and 8 in the Bavarian resort of Elmau. As economic issues will also be on the agenda, the B7 group of western industry federations has come up with a host of recommendations.
Italy's parliament has approved a radical new election law aimed at ending to the country's notorious history of revolving-door governments. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi won the vote with a comfortable majority.
Italy's highest court has upheld an acquittal for former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. The media tycoon had been charged with paying for sex with a minor and using the power of his political office to cover it up.
Italy's government has won an initial vote of confidence on legislation that purports to end political instability. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has suggested that critics of his bill will not be able to halt its passage.