Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta resigns after less than a year in office, following pressure from his own Democratic Party to step down.
Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and French President Emmanuel Macron sign a treaty that strengthens the ties between the two countries "in areas including defence, migration, the economy, culture and trade".
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte's new cabinet is sworn in after the coalition agreement between the Five Star Movement and the Democratic Party. Lega Nord ministers, led by Matteo Salvini, are ousted from the government.
President of Italy Sergio Mattarella tasks demissionary Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte with the formation of a new cabinet, a coalition of Five Star Movement and Democratic Party. The premier-designate reserves the right to accept the mandate, pending further talks with both parties.
Italy's economy falls into recession for the third time in a decade after declining GDP growth in late 2018. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte blames the recession on external factors, including trade tensions between the United States and China.
In Italy, Laura Boldrini, member of the left-wing party Left Ecology Freedom, is elected President of the Chamber of Deputies. Pietro Grasso, a former anti-mafia magistrate and member of the centre-left Democratic Party, is elected President of the Senate. ([http:--www.repubblica.it-politica-2013-03-16-news-liveblogging_camera_senato_ii_giorno-54645681- "La Repubblica"])