About: Berlusconi

Elections 27-11-2013

Senate to oust Berlusconi as Letta wins confidence vote

Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta won a confidence vote on the 2014 budget, reinforcing his coalition government a day before the Senate is expected to ban centre-right leader Silvio Berlusconi from parliament over a tax fraud conviction.
Elections 30-09-2013

President Napolitano attempts to keep Italy away from new election

Italy's president, Giorgio Napolitano, began talks yesterday (29 September) to pull the country out of a new political crisis, attempting to undercut a move by former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to bring down the government and force new elections seven months after the last vote.
Elections 18-09-2013

Berlusconi’s ‘crazy idea’: Running for the EU elections in Estonia

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is considering running for election as a member of the European Parliament for Estonia, a country where Italian laws prohibiting him from running for office do not apply, according to press reports.
Elections 09-09-2013

Italian cabinet in danger over Berlusconi’s possible eviction from Senate

A special committee of the Italian Senate meets today (9 September) to consider expelling Silvio Berlusconi following his conviction for tax fraud, a decision that could shatter the fragile ruling coalition and plunge Italy into fresh political crisis.

Berlusconi verdict rocks Italy’s governing coalition

A ruling by Italy's supreme court upholding a tax fraud conviction against former premier and centre-right leader Silvio Berlusconi has left the fate of the country's fragile ruling coalition resting in the balance.
Euro & Finance 07-06-2013

Berlusconi urges Letta to stand up to Merkel

In an interview with the political daily Il Foglio, Silvio Berlusconi urged Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta to seek a "test of strength" with Germany, saying budget austerity imposed by Berlin was killing Italian companies and putting the euro zone at risk.
Elections 29-03-2013

Bersani fails to form government, President mulls next move

Centre-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani has failed in his attempt to find a way out of Italy's political deadlock and President Giorgio Napolitano whose term ends mid-May will now seek another solution, the president's palace said yesterday (28 March).
Elections 26-03-2013

Bersani, Berlusconi aides to discuss ‘miracle’ government

Pier Luigi Bersani, leader of Italy’s centre-left bloc, is scheduled to meet Silvio Berlusconi’s deputies today (26 March) in an effort to form a coalition government to end a month-long impasse.
Elections 06-03-2013

Italian president mulls another technocrat government

President Giorgio Napolitano is considering appointing a new technocrat government led by a non-politician as one way out of Italy's political stalemate, Italian officials said yesterday (5 March).
Elections 28-02-2013

Italy in stalemate as Grillo refuses coalition

Beppe Grillo, leader of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, ruled out a coalition yesterday (27 February) with the Italian centre-left, led by Pier Luigi Bersani. The move comes days after Bersani rejected Silvio Berlusconi’s plea to form a grand coalition, leaving Italy with a political impasse.
Elections 27-02-2013

Italian parties launch ‘grand coalition’ attempt

Italy's stunned political parties searched for a way forward yesterday (26 February) after an inconclusive election gave none of them a clear parliamentary majority. Silvio Berlusconi’s centre-right camp indicated it was prepared to govern in coalition with Pier Luigi Bersani’s centre-left.
Elections 26-02-2013

Frattini: A Bersani-Berlusconi coalition can give Italy stability

A grand coalition of Bersani-Berlusconi can provide Italy the stability Italy needs, Franco Frattini, a former European commissioner, tells EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Elections 26-02-2013

Italy set for ‘coalition gridlock’ and ‘instability’ after election

The Italian election results point towards further instability and coalition gridlock as Pier Luigi Bersani and Silvio Berlusconi failed to clinch a majority in either legislative chamber. The 5-Star Movement, led by Beppe Grillo, emerged as the strongest party.
Elections 25-02-2013

Italian election plagued by fears of stalemate

Italians finish voting today (25 February) in one of the most closely watched and unpredictable elections in years - and one with high stakes for the eurozone.
Elections 20-02-2013

MEPs: Monti’s policies have fuelled euroscepticism in Italian election

Left-wing Italian lawmakers in the European Parliament are divided over the legacy of outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti ahead of a key election on 24-25 February that is marked by rising euroscepticism.
Elections 19-02-2013

Italian elections 2013: A nation at a crossroads [Archived]

Italians head to the polls on 24-25 February to replace a technocratic government charged with halting the country’s economic and fiscal decline. But after wearying months of austerity and instability, voters appeared to have no clear favourite among familiar faces as well as wildcard candidates. EURACTIV Italia reports.
Elections 14-01-2013

Polls show Berlusconi gaining ground

Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right coalition is gaining ground ahead of next month's elections, which could make it harder for Italy's left to form a stable parliamentary majority, new polls show.
Elections 08-01-2013

Berlusconi withdraws bid for Italy’s premiership

Silvio Berlusconi withdrew as candidate for Italy's prime ministerial post on Monday (7 January) as the price of a pact with the devolutionist Northern League, marking the latest twist in the election campaign in the eurozone's third biggest economy.
Elections 07-01-2013

Berlusconi surges in polls ahead of February election

Italy's centre-left coalition, led by Pier Luigi Bersani, has a comfortable lead in polls less than two months before the election, but Silvio Berlusconi's party is fast raising its share of the vote, according to the latest poll published on Sunday (6 January).
Elections 13-12-2012

Centre-right leaders back Monti to stand in national elections

The Italian political saga took another turn after both outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti and former premier Silvio Berlusconi appeared at the European People’s Party meeting on the margins of the EU summit today (13 December) in Brussels.
Elections 10-12-2012

Italy heads for snap poll as markets watch

Italy is heading for early elections amid growing international concern over the political crisis, prompted by the former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's withdrawal of support for Mario Monti’s technocratic  government last week. Monti announced on Saturday (8 December) that he intends to resign once the next budget is approved. 
Euro & Finance 21-06-2012

Berlusconi: Italy should exit euro unless Merkel changes doctrine

Italy should consider leaving the euro unless Germany agrees to the European Central Bank acting as a guarantor for sovereign debt and printing money to reflate the economy, former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said yesterday (20 June).
Elections 08-06-2012

Italy’s Monti admits loss of big powers’ support

Italian Prime Minister, Mario Monti, admitted yesterday (7 June) that his government has lost the support of Italy’s ‘big powers’ in business and finance.  
Elections 31-05-2012

In Italy’s local elections, a professor and a comedian have the last laugh

The local elections in Italy have not boosted the opposition as Prime minister Monti's leading supporters were among the relative winners. The elections also showed that the centre-right coalition of former prime minister Berlusconi has been reduced to a marginal role, says Maria-Elena Guiterrez.