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Politics of Italy

Minister's remarks on Italian food raise ire

As a junior minister taking your first steps in politics, it is generally thought wise to steer away from touchy subjects. Especially when your brief is culture, your country is Italy - and the subject is food.

Sunday, 26 May, 2013, 7:46am

'Ruby the heart stealer' denies Berlusconi sex allegations

The woman alleged to have had sex for money with former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi when she was just 17 testified in court for the first time yesterday at a trial of three friends accused of pimping for him.

18 May 2013 - 2:11am

Talking points

The public gets a chance to listen in on the latest discussions on the development of the West Kowloon Cultural District.

18 Apr 2013 - 3:18am

Berlusconi insists on share in power in Italy

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.

30 Mar 2013 - 3:55am

Italy's lower house chooses journalist as new speaker

Laura Boldrini, a journalist and former spokeswoman for the UN's refugee agency, was chosen as the speaker of Italy's Chamber of Deputies as Democratic Party leader Pier Luigi Bersani seeks to broaden his support.

17 Mar 2013 - 7:26am

Italian election impasse roils world markets, shakes Europe

The Milan stock market plunged and Italy's borrowing rates jumped after centre-left Democratic Party leader Pier Luigi Bersani scraped a razor-thin victory in the lower house of parliament but the Senate remained up for grabs.

27 Feb 2013 - 3:52am

Italians head to polls as Europe watches

European capitals will be watching closely since, whatever the result, there is likely to be a change from outgoing technocratic premier Mario Monti’s agenda of austerity and economic reforms.

24 Feb 2013 - 3:43pm

Prime Minister Mario Monti leads centrist grouping for election

Italy's confused election campaign has taken another twist, with the outgoing prime minister Mario Monti formally entering the race and the country's respected national anti-mafia prosecutor joining ranks with the centre-left Democratic Party.

30 Dec 2012 - 6:48am

Italian PM Mario Monti resigns ahead of elections

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti resigned on Friday with his political plans still in doubt, paving the way for early elections next year in a lynchpin eurozone state still mired in recession.

Monti “handed in the resignation of his government” at a meeting with President Giorgio Napolitano, and will stay on in a caretaker capacity, the presidency said in a statement.

22 Dec 2012 - 3:08am

Berlusconi says he may call off re-election bid

Silvio Berlusconi said he could call off his re-election bid if Prime Minister Mario Monti decided to run as the leader of a centre-right coalition.

"If Monti runs for leader, I would take a step back," Berlusconi said on Wednesday, a day after he criticised his successor for failing to revive the Italian economy and for being "too German-centric".

14 Dec 2012 - 5:37am