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  1. News - World - ITALY

    Italy braced for market backlash after Silvio Berlusconi pulls plug on government

    Posted Sep 30th 2013, 12:00am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Rome Rome braced for market backlash Italy's economy minister played down the risk that financial markets will punish Italy when they open today, after Silvio Berlusconi ... already thwarted efforts to push through important reforms Italy needs to emerge from a two-year recession. The resignations will delay those reforms even further. Friction between the two sides ...

  2. News - World - ITALY

    Italy’s top court begins crucial Berlusconi case hearing

    Posted Jul 30th 2013, 09:38pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Rome Italy’s supreme court heard on Tuesday Silvio Berlusconi’s last appeal against a jail sentence and ban from public office for tax fraud in a case which could threaten ... for everything from a mass resignation of its government ministers to blocking Italy’s motorways if the court rules against him. Fabrizio Cicchitto, a senior PDL parliamentarian, said the media magnate ...

  3. News - World

    Italy’s top court confirms Berlusconi prison sentence

    Posted Aug 02nd 2013, 02:47am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Rome Italy’s top court on Thursday confirmed a prison sentence for former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi in his first ever definitive conviction, which could upset the country’s fragile coalition government. The court upheld a sentence for tax fraud of four years in prison of which three are covered by an amnesty, even though Berlusconi is certain ...

  4. News - World - ITALY

    Italy's Silvio Berlusconi sentenced to prison after paying 17-year-old for sex

    Posted Jun 25th 2013, 12:00am by AP

    ... Associated Press in Milan Berlusconi found guilty in sex trial A Milan court yesterday convicted former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi of paying for sex with an under-age prostitute during infamous "bunga bunga" parties at his villa an ...

  5. News - World - ITALY

    Berlusconi insists on share in power in Italy

    Posted Mar 30th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Rome Turbulence plagues euro zone as president considers options to solve electoral impasse Italy in limbo after leftist fails to woo support Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi insisted yesterday the only way out of Italy's political deadlock was for his centre-left rivals to accept a coalition deal that would give him a share in power. ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Politics of debt stymies Italy

    Posted Mar 02nd 2013, 12:00am

    ... SCMP Editorial Politics of debt stymies Italy Italy's European partners had hoped for a new government in Rome with the electoral legitimacy to complete the economic reform ... Perhaps surprisingly, markets have not been unduly rattled. Initial falls in European stock markets and a rise in Italy's bond yield have been reversed, but the euro has weakened about 1 per ...

  7. News - World - EUROPE

    Italy's centre-left coalition leads Berlusconi camp in key elections

    Posted Feb 26th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... deadlock in Italy Italy's crucial elections appeared to be heading towards political gridlock, initial results showed, with the centre-left forces of Pier Luigi Bersani closing in on victory ... Italy's electoral laws guarantee a strong majority in the lower house to the party or coalition that wins the biggest share of the national vote. However the Senate, elected on a region-by-region ...

  8. News - World - ITALY

    Italy's Mario Monti weighs whether to run against Silvio Berlusconi in polls

    Posted Dec 23rd 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Rome PM to announce today whether he will run in polls or endorse parties opposed to Berlusconi Monti weighs political future after resigning Italy's president ... appointed 13 months ago to steer Italy away from a Greek-style debt crisis, stepped down on Friday after former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's party yanked its support for his technical ...

  9. News - World - ITALY

    Italy PM Mario Monti says he will resign soon

    Posted Dec 09th 2012, 10:08am by Associated Press in Rome

    ... mandate, and consequently made clear his intention to resign” once Parliament passes a crucial budget bill soon. Political turmoil in Italy, mired in recession and trying to escape the euro-zone ... indicating on Friday that it could lower Italy’s rating if the recession endures well into next year, cited “uncertainty” over whether the next Italian government could stay the tough course ...

  10. News - World - ITALY

    Berlusconi ready to step aside in Italy election

    Posted Oct 09th 2012, 03:16pm by Reuters in Milan

    ... Reuters in Milan Silvio Berlusconi is prepared to step aside as a candidate next year’s parliamentary election if that is what is needed to create a united front against the left, Libero newspaper quoted the former prime minister as saying. “I want unity ...




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