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Behind the Clash Over Italy’s Budget, a Fear of Populism

Behind the Clash Over Italy’s Budget, a Fear of Populism

Matteo Salvini, a populist deputy prime minister of Italy, has used the migration issue to criticize Brussels and increase his popularity.
Who Will Flinch in a Game of Chicken Between Italy and the E.U.?

Who Will Flinch in a Game of Chicken Between Italy and the E.U.?

Italy’s minister of economy and finances, Giovanni Tria, left, and the European Union's commissioner for economic affairs, Pierre Moscovici.
2 Views of Angela Merkel’s Legacy: Stoic Leadership, and Economic Malpractice

2 Views of Angela Merkel’s Legacy: Stoic Leadership, and Economic Malpractice

Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany oversaw Europe’s most powerful country during the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, then the European debt crisis, and then the surge of immigrants
2 Views of Angela Merkel’s Legacy: Stoic Leadership, and Economic Malpractice

2 Views of Angela Merkel’s Legacy: Stoic Leadership, and Economic Malpractice

Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany oversaw Europe’s most powerful country during the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, then the European debt crisis, and then the surge of immigrants
2 Views of Angela Merkel’s Legacy: Stoic Leadership, and Economic Malpractice

2 Views of Angela Merkel’s Legacy: Stoic Leadership, and Economic Malpractice

Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany oversaw Europe’s most powerful country during the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, then the European debt crisis, and then the surge of immigrants
Stimulus Plan or Populist Giveaway? Italy’s Budget Sets Up Clash With E.U.

Stimulus Plan or Populist Giveaway? Italy’s Budget Sets Up Clash With E.U.

A market in Naples, Italy. The anti-establishment Five Star Movement is looking to rally support in the relatively poor south of the country with a welfare program estimated to cost around $9 billion.
Stimulus Plan or Populist Giveaway? Italy’s Budget Sets Up Clash With E.U.

Stimulus Plan or Populist Giveaway? Italy’s Budget Sets Up Clash With E.U.

A market in Naples, Italy. The anti-establishment Five Star Movement is looking to rally support in the relatively poor south of the country with a welfare program estimated to cost around $9 billion.
Stimulus Plan or Populist Giveaway? Italy’s Budget Sets Up Clash With E.U.

Stimulus Plan or Populist Giveaway? Italy’s Budget Sets Up Clash With E.U.

A market in Naples, Italy. The anti-establishment Five Star Movement is looking to rally support in the relatively poor south of the country with a welfare program estimated to cost around $9 billion.
M.T.A. Warns of Fare Increases and Service Cuts as Budget Crisis Looms

M.T.A. Warns of Fare Increases and Service Cuts as Budget Crisis Looms

Without new funding or huge service cuts, an official said, subway fares might have to rise by as much as 15 percent.
E.U., Fearing Italy Is ‘Sleepwalking Into Instability,’ Considers Punishment

E.U., Fearing Italy Is ‘Sleepwalking Into Instability,’ Considers Punishment

The Italian government of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, center, is a coalition of two populist forces — the League, led by Matteo Salvini, right, and the Five Star Movement, whose political leader is
Italy May Be ‘Sleepwalking Into Instability,’ E.U. Says, and Weighs Penalty

Italy May Be ‘Sleepwalking Into Instability,’ E.U. Says, and Weighs Penalty

The Italian government of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, center, is a coalition of two populist forces — the League, led by Matteo Salvini, right, and the Five Star Movement, whose political leader is

What I Learned From Tracking My Spending for a Month

Everyone knows to watch their spending: A mistake can mean the difference between making or bouncing the rent check. I tracked my spending meticulously for a month. Here’s what I learned.
Retiring: The Myth of Steady Retirement Spending, and Why Reality May Cost Less

Retiring: The Myth of Steady Retirement Spending, and Why Reality May Cost Less

Jeannie and Rod Koleno hiking near Adams Gulch in Idaho. The Kolenos found their expenses to be much higher in their earlier years of retirement than they have been recently.
How Does the E.U. Think This Is Going to End?

How Does the E.U. Think This Is Going to End?

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte of Italy, left, and Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, last month.
Wealth Matters: The Secret to Buying the Perfect Diamond

Wealth Matters: The Secret to Buying the Perfect Diamond

Tom and Stephanie Taira at their home in Lafayette, Calif. Mr. Taira searched assiduously to compare prices on the diamond he wanted.
Unrest in France Hinders Macron’s Push to Revive Economy

Unrest in France Hinders Macron’s Push to Revive Economy

Protesters in Paris on Saturday. A month of violent demonstrations has hampered economic growth and hurt France’s image with investors, the government said.
Unrest in France Hinders Macron’s Push to Revive Economy

Unrest in France Hinders Macron’s Push to Revive Economy

Protesters in Paris on Saturday. A month of violent demonstrations has hampered economic growth and hurt France’s image with investors, the government said.
Unrest in France Hinders Macron’s Push to Revive Economy

Unrest in France Hinders Macron’s Push to Revive Economy

Protesters in Paris on Saturday. A month of violent demonstrations has hampered economic growth and hurt France’s image with investors, the government said.
Shutdowns Are ‘All Games of Chicken.’ Here’s How They’ve Evolved.

Shutdowns Are ‘All Games of Chicken.’ Here’s How They’ve Evolved.

A 21-day government shutdown in 1995 and 1996 during President Clinton’s administration was the longest.