The European Commission has said it is taking Germany, Britain, France and three other countries to the bloc's highest court for failing to comply with EU air quality standards.
As part of efforts to ensure the company's future, the Italian government is looking for buyers for Alitalia, and received three bids earlier this month.
Almost one million asylum applications were pending at the end of 2017, with Germany accounting for 48 per cent of the total figure.
Italian politicians are capitalising on anti-migrant sentiment in the lead up to the election on March 4, but what are the key facts?
The major parties and coalitions contesting Italy's March 4 election have been making some big promises to voters, plenty of which have economists looking at the country's monstrous debt and scratching their heads.
Young people are most affected by Italy's recent economic crisis. In the upcoming general election, their discontent could help the Five Star Movement score an historic victory.