1. Public finance

    Growth and reforms must not take the back seat to political consensus

    by Giorgio Santilli

    IT
    24 Analysis

    Winning consensus from voters is a decisive factor in a pre-electoral year, and the last thing Italy needs is to end up being run by a populist government. The search for votes, however, must never ignore economic priorities. The debate surrounding Italy’s corrective budget and 2018 spending blueprint must reject slogans and focus on real issues (pictured is Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan)

  2. Equal governance between Luxottica and Essilor  to only last three years
    Markets

    Equal governance between Luxottica and Essilor to only last three years

    by Marigia Mangano

    At the end of the initial three-year period, the appointment of new executives could be proposed by the board on the recommendation of the nominations committee or of any shareholder “regardless of where the candidates are from” or of whether they are linked to Luxottica or Essilor

  3. Rome and Brussels at odds over  72 infringements
    European View

    Rome and Brussels at odds over 72 infringements

    by Chiara Bussi

    According to the latest snapshot issued by Brussels in mid-February, among the big countries, only the United Kingdom (with 63 dossiers open) does better; France has to deal with 90 cases, and Germany totals 96 active proceedings

  4. Italian tourism expecting a windfall from special  showcase on Alibaba
    Business & Economy

    Italian tourism expecting a windfall from special showcase on Alibaba

    by Marzio Bartoloni

    Chinese surfers will be able to purchase their dream vacation in Italy with a click on Alibaba, the China-based giant ranking first in the e-commerce sector (443 million users). Italian hotels and tour operators will get a special showcase – an online “Italy Pavilion” – thanks to the agreement between Enit (the Italian Government Tourist Board) and Alitrip, Alibaba’s online travel portal