Politics of Italy

Minister's remarks on Italian food raise ire

Borletti Buitoni

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

Karima El Mahroug, also known as 'Ruby the Heart Stealer, leaves the court after testifying at the hearing of the Berlusconi trial in Milan. Photo: EPA

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

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

Centre-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani snubbed Silvio Berlusconi's group. Photo: Xinhua

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 has been elected president of Italy's lower-house.

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

Harry's view

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

A polling station is set up in Rome on Saturday. Photo: AFP

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

Outgoing Italian premier Mario Monti. Photo: Reuters

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

Monti on Friday resigned as Italy's Prime Minister, opening the way to elections expected in February.

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. Photo: EPA

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

Italy PM Mario Monti says he will resign soon

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti

Premier Mario Monti told the Italian president Saturday he will resign soon, saying he can no longer govern after Silvio Berlusconi’s party withdrew crucial support. It could open the way for early elections a year after the unelected economist helped pull the country back from the brink of financial disaster.

9 Dec 2012 - 10:14am

Walkout by Berlusconi party threatens Italian government's survival

A banner reading 'Silvio, Italy believes in you' outside his home

Italy's politics were thrown back into turmoil yesterday when Silvio Berlusconi's party members walked out before a crucial vote in the Italian senate, threatening the survival of Mario Monti's reforming, non-party government.

7 Dec 2012 - 5:59am

Gay, centre-left, anti-mafia Rosario Crocetta voted governor of Sicily

Sicily's new centre-left governor, Rosario Crocetta, defeated former premier Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom party. Photo: AFP

A gay man who shrugged off three mafia plots to kill him is poised to become Sicily's first homosexual governor in elections that show the centre left advancing at the expense of Silvio Berlusconi's right-wing party.

31 Oct 2012 - 3:34am

Berlusconi lacks backing for threat to topple Monti government

Silvio Berlusconi meets the press at villa Gernetto in Lesmo, his home near Monza. Photo: AFP

Former premier Silvio Berlusconi's threat to bring down Italy's government underscores deep divisions in his centre-right party ahead of next year's elections and risks rattling markets that see Prime Minister Mario Monti as Italy's saviour.

30 Oct 2012 - 4:05am

Briefs, October 29, 2012

Onlookers at the site of a suicide car bomb attack in Kaduna, Nigeria. Photo: AFP

Top ETA military man arrested in France

29 Oct 2012 - 3:55am