Sergio Mattarella

On guard

A Greek Presidential Guard presents arms before the arrival of Italian President Sergio Mattarella at the Presidential Palace in Athens, Tuesday. President Prokopis Pavlopoulos said Greece and Italy suffer from two crises - one financial and one relating to refugees - which extend beyond their borders.

Italy's Renzi resigns, hints at early election

Matteo Renzi bowed out as Italian prime minister with a combination of jokes, regrets and a strong hint that he wants to lead his party into an early election battle.

Political consultations on forming a caretaker government started on Dec. 8, after Renzi formally submitted his resignation to President Sergio Mattarella following a crushing referendum defeat.

Italy referendum: “No”-60%, “Yes”-40% (video-photos)

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has resigned after suffering a heavy defeat in a referendum over his plan to reform the constitution.
In a late-night news conference, he said he took responsibility for the outcome, and said the No camp must now make clear proposals.
With most ballots counted, the No vote leads with 60% against 40% for Yes.

Bulgarian President Plevneliev: I Am Concerned That Nationalists and Populists Roam Freely in European Capitals

"With respect to Brexit, everyone was surprised, including our British friends. We are obliged to give them a chance to consider their position. It is not clear exactly what the British government wants," said at a press conference Bulgarian President Plevneliev.