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Prime Ministers of Italy

Seven-time former Italian prime minister Giulio Andreotti dies, 94

Former Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti. Photo: AP

Giulio Andreotti, a Machiavellian seven-time Italian prime minister who dominated the political scene for decades, died on Monday at the age of 94. Andreotti, a key figure in the once-dominant Christian Democratic party, died at his home in central Rome. He had suffered ill health in recent years and was hospitalised in August last year with heart trouble.

Tuesday, 7 May, 2013, 2:12am

Giulio Andreotti, Italy’s ex-PM surrounded by intrigue

Former Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti has died at the age of 94. Photo: Reuters

Former Italian prime minister Giulio Andreotti, who died on Monday at the age of 94, was a behind-the-scenes power broker of Italian post-war political life, accused of shadowy links with the mafia and the Vatican.

7 May 2013 - 2:09am

Talking points

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World Bank chief heads to Beijing

25 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Talking points

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Stephen Lam, Eva Cheng chat live on policy address

14 Oct 2011 - 12:00am


Videocracy Director: Erik Gandini

So it is that Silvio Berlusconi's scandal-plagued premiership might now be drawing to a close, but Erik Gandini's documentary is a timely reminder that it's probably not going to be so easy to rid Italy of the media mogul's legacy.

21 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Il Divo

Il Divo Toni Servillo, Anna Bonaiuto, Massimo Popolizio, Giorgio Colangeli Director: Paolo Sorrentino

16 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Festive gems

Night and Fog Based on a real-life tragedy in which a man killed his wife and two daughters before committing suicide, Ann Hui On-wah's latest film following last year's The Way We Were promises to offer a much more grisly take on the life of Hong Kong's invisible underclass.

5 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

The stage is set for act three of an Italian farce

'This is a wise country, a country that knows when a person is tired and has turned vicious, when it is time to turn over a new leaf.' That was the upbeat assessment of Walter Veltroni leader of the centre-left Democratic Party, just before Italy's recent national election. So what did the wise Italians do?

21 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Fiscal reform is Prodi's task

The new prime minister has promised a review of government finance, better tax collection and the reimposition of inheritance tax on the country's wealthiest people

2 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Observers rate Prodi as bland, but tough

Romano surely is the finest Christian name possible for an Italian prime minister - the word is so Latin that the country's best political scientists would struggle to come up with one better.

15 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Election result promises more instability for Italy

The clearest losers in the Italian election are the exit polls that forecast that centre-left coalition leader Romano Prodi was heading towards a decisive win. In the end, the biggest losers may be Italy and Europe. The result is a setback to structural change needed to keep pace with globalisation.

12 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Prodi on course to beat Berlusconi

But failure of either coalition to secure a majority could see a return to the ballot boxes

Romano Prodi's centre-left coalition looked set to beat Premier Silvio Berlusconi's conservative forces in parliamentary elections, exit polls indicated yesterday, but initial projections showed the race very tight in the Senate.

11 Apr 2006 - 12:00am


Silvio Berlusconi: Television, Power and Patrimony

Paul Ginsborg

Verso $270

Berlusconi's Shadow: Crime, Justice and the Pursuit of Power

by David Lane

Penguin $330

Is Italy's prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, a threat to democracy, a Mussolini-in-the-making? Both these books pose the question.

21 Nov 2004 - 12:00am


Black shirts

Yoichi Shimatsu's chromatic analogy between the 1922 fascist march on Rome and Hong Kong's black-wearing demonstration on July 1 may reveal something about fashion sense but certainly shows dismal political insight and a deeply flawed knowledge of Italian contemporary history ('Mussolini's ghost', July 5).

10 Jul 2003 - 12:00am

Constitutional treaty to take priority during EU presidency

Italy's forthcoming presidency of the European Union will be one of the most important ever, commentators say. If all goes according to plan, the Italians will oversee a significant transformation of the EU during their six-month term in office.

Italy takes over the rotating presidency of the EU Council of Ministers from Greece on July 1.

2 Jun 2003 - 12:00am