The Rome government has already won approval from the European Commission to use the mechanism for an 8.8 billion euro bailout of Monte dei Paschi di Siena, the world's oldest bank.
The four ministers belonging to the "Southern Quartet" on Monday discussed different positions on the transatlantic relation between NATO partners.
Some 8,500 people making desperate bids to reach Europe have been rescued at sea since the start of the year, while at least 227 people are either missing or feared dead.
A Milan judge ordered Silvio Berlusconi to be tried on corruption charges, damping the former Italian premier's hopes of running soon for office again after being sidelined by a tax-fraud conviction.
Anger and dismay, along with congratulations from Europe's far-right, rippled across the world Sunday as politicians, community leaders and even a sports star reacted to the entry ban US President Donald Trump imposed on refugees and citizens of seven Muslim-majority nations.
An investigation has been launched after mobile footage surfaced showing an African refugee drowning, whilst onlookers filmed the ordeal on their mobile phones with some heard mocking the young man.
Pope Francis seized control of the Knights of Malta, and action that amounts to one sovereign country annexing another, if on a very small scale.
Prosecutors are seeking to question Rome's embattled mayor over one of several problematic appointments that have tarnished her young administration and Italy's populist 5-Star Movement.
A huge avalanche swallowed up a luxury mountain hotel in central Italy after a series of strong earthquakes rocked the area, burying up to 30 people under tonnes of snow and debris.
Four strong earthquakes shook the same region of central Italy that suffered deadly temblors last year.