Enrico Letta

Relief in Italy, but the challenges ahead are huge

Though quite young, Enrico Letta is known as a good mediator. Photo: Bloomberg

Investors greeted the news from Rome's highest hill with relief. Italy's two-year borrowing costs fell to their lowest level since the country adopted the euro in 1999. Like many ordinary Italians, they seemed cautiously buoyed by the fact that Europe's fourth-largest economy was inching towards a new government after two months of unprecedented gridlock.

Friday, 26 April, 2013, 1:45am

Who said it?

Tang Hui

The law cannot control my heart, while my heart cannot change the law

Tang Hui, sent to a labour camp for seeking tougher punishment for the men who raped her daughter


I feel a strong responsibility on my shoulders, stronger … than my shoulders' ability to support it

Italy's new leader, Enrico Letta


26 Apr 2013 - 5:10am

Political crisis seen to turn Berlusconi into a powerbroker

Scandal-tainted tycoon Silvio Berlusconi. Photo: AFP

Guess who's back? The real winner as Italy's long political crisis comes to an end is none other than Silvio Berlusconi, a scandal-tainted billionaire tycoon and a global figure of fun. The former prime minister, 76, is not expected to be included in the new cabinet being set up by moderate leftist Enrico Letta, but there is no doubt among political observers that he will be a power behind the throne.

25 Apr 2013 - 4:14am