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  • Ferrari chief calls for ‘national salvation’ government in Italy

    Future EU 02-11-2011

    One of Italy's most prominent businessmen, often seen as the potential leader of a transitional government of national unity, called on Monday (31 October) for Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to step down immediately to stem the growing debt crisis.

  • Europe sighs relief after summit, but doubts linger

    Future EU 28-10-2011

    EU leaders' decisions taken early on Thursday (27 October) were greeted with widespread relief across Europe, but the summit outcome was tempered by worries on the complexity of the deal. The EURACTIV network reports from Europe's capitals.

  • Berlusconi’s reform plan reassures EU leaders

    Euro & Finance 27-10-2011

    Italy’s EU colleagues expressed satisfaction with the contents of a letter brought to the summit yesterday (26 October) by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi setting out Rome’s intention to rein in public expenditure and counter contagion from Greece’s sovereign debt crisis. EU SUMMIT LIVE!

  • Berlusconi snatches pension reform deal ahead of summit

    Social Europe & Jobs 26-10-2011

    Pressed by EU leaders to put Italy's finances in order, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi reached a last-minute deal yesterday (25 October) to reform the country's pension system. But Umberto Bossi, his key coalition partner, said he was pessimistic that the government could survive.

  • Berlusconi vents frustration ahead of EU summit

    Euro & Finance 25-10-2011

    Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was defiant ahead of tomorrow's (26 October) crunch EU summit that is expected to put in place bold measures to protect the euro from highly indebted countries such as Italy.

  • Schulz to inherit Buzek’s Parliament presidency

    Future EU 15-09-2011

    As expected, German MEP Martin Schulz has been nominated as a candidate for the presidency of the European Parliament for the second half of the current term (January 2012-June 2014).

  • EU leaders shelter Berlusconi from prosecution

    Elections 13-09-2011

    Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi avoided a court hearing in Italy today (13 September) regarding a sex and bribery scandal by scheduling meetings with the presidents of the three main EU institutions, who are all from his own centre-right political family.

  • Italy plans ‘golden rule’ to limit budget deficits

    Euro & Finance 07-09-2011

    Rome pledged on Tuesday (6 September) to hike value added tax and insert a balanced budget amendment into its constitution to limit debt, drawing praise from the European Commission while thousands marched in protest against austerity measures.

  • Italy under market pressure as austerity plan falters

    Euro & Finance 06-09-2011

    In a clear sign of rising market worries, the premium investors demand to buy Italian bonds rather than benchmark German debt widened on Monday (5 September), moving Italy firmly to the centre of the eurozone crisis. Meanwhile, the Italian parliament begins debating a much-criticised austerity package today.

  • Italy’s austerity plan ‘weak and inadequate’

    Elections 02-09-2011

    Despite the Italian finance minister's reassurances that a crackdown on tax evasion will provide enough revenue to replace the levy on high earners dropped from Rome's austerity package, employers' group Confindustria has labelled the government's plan "weak and inadequate" and expressed concern about how Italy's economic problems are being handled.

  • Italy’s turmoil adds to economic woes

    Elections 04-08-2011

    Italy’s political crisis scaled new heights yesterday (3 August) as European institutions voiced confidence in the under-fire markets of the country, whose fragility is threatening the entire euro zone.

  • EU court strikes Berlusconi’s media empire

    Competition 29-07-2011

    The European Court of Justice confirmed yesterday (28 July) that the Italian switchover from analogue to digital TV has been illegally subsidised, favouring the channels of Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. A mammoth reimbursement is now due by his Mediaset media empire.

  • Italians slam Berlusconi in referenda

    Elections 14-06-2011

    Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi suffered a humiliating defeat yesterday (13 June) as Italians turned out in large numbers to vote in referenda which he had encouraged them to boycott.

  • Berlusconi set to lose Milan powerbase

    Elections 30-05-2011

    Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right coalition risks losing its northern power base of Milan to the left for the first time in 18 years when voting in local election run-offs ends today (30 May).

  • France, Italy call for Schengen Treaty re-write

    Justice & Home Affairs 27-04-2011

    French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi yesterday (26 April) asked Brussels to make changes to the treaty establishing the Schengen border-free area. The proposed changes strengthen the hand of member countries and undermine the role of the European Commission.

  • Sarkozy, Berlusconi to propose Schengen ‘upgrade’

    Justice & Home Affairs 26-04-2011

    Italy and France will today (26 April) discuss changing rules that scrap border checks between EU countries, as French President Nicolas Sarkozy visits Rome seeking to ease tensions over North African immigration following the Arab revolutions.

  • Italy, France tussle over ‘boat people’

    Justice & Home Affairs 04-04-2011

    Paris and Rome are playing "ping-pong" with thousands of immigrants who travel by boat from the North African coast to the Italian island of Lampedusa, after which most of them try to reach France, the press in the two countries reports.

  • Divided Italy celebrates 150 years of unity

    Languages & Culture 18-03-2011

    Italy celebrated yesterday (17 March) the 150th anniversary of its unification. But the country has never been so divided, with separatist forces gaining ground in the north and south alike.

  • Socialists, centre-right quibble over eurozone reforms

    Future EU 07-03-2011

    Meeting in Helsinki late on Saturday (5 March), leaders from the centre-right European People's Party (EPP) derided the absence of two of the four centre-left Party of European Socialists (PES) prime ministers from an alternative summit held simultaneously in Athens.

  • Media experts urge ‘reconquest’ on press freedom

    Public Affairs 04-03-2011

    MEPs and prominent professionals in the media world warned yesterday (3 March) that press freedom had deteriorated badly in Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, but also Italy and France, and called on the EU institutions to spearhead a wide-ranging "reconquest" of basic rights across the European Union.

  • Berlusconi to stand trial for teenage prostitution

    Elections 16-02-2011

    An Italian judge has ordered Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to stand trial in April on a charge that he paid an underage girl for sex, though there appears to be no immediate risk that the scandal will force him from office.

  • Women accuse Berlusconi of disgracing Italy

    Languages & Culture 14-02-2011

    Hundreds of thousands of women rallied in Rome and other cities yesterday (13 February), incensed by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's sex scandals, which they say have disgraced Italy.

  • Italian MEPs block debate on Campania waste crisis

    Climate change 19-01-2011

    Despite broad consensus across political parties, Italian MEPs are blocking a European Parliament debate on the continuing waste crisis in Campania, southern Italy.

  • New Berlusconi sexgate raises eyebrows in Brussels

    Elections 19-01-2011

    With a new Silvio Berlusconi sex scandal involving prostitutes and an underage girl of Moroccan origin dominating Italian political debate, people in Brussels are lamenting the damage to Italy's reputation. Meanwhile, the leader of the MEPs from Berlusconi's party is distancing himself from the prime minister's behaviour.