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Balloons featuring Italian Prime minister Matteo Renzi as Pinocchio are displayed during a general strike called by several trade unions in protest against the government’s economic policy, on Friday in Rome
Matteo Renzi, Italy’s prime minister-designate, talks to reporters after a meeting with President Giorgio Napolitano at the Quirinale Palace in Rome. Mr Renzi said on Monday he would begin official consultations to form a new government in the next 24 hours and expected to lay out a programme of reforms to be completed in the next few months
Four mayors – from left, Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz of Warsaw, Boris Johnson of London, Michael Bloomberg of New York and Matteo Renzi of Florence – at the launch of the Mayors Challenge in Europe at London’s City Hall. The competition invites European cities to compete for €9m in prizes for ideas to improve urban life.