About: Silvio Berlusconi

Elections 19-01-2018

Italy’s centre-right leaders sign policy pact ahead of election

Former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi and his rightist allies agreed on Thursday (18 January) to a joint manifesto ahead of a 4 March national election, committing themselves to cutting taxes and rolling back pension reform.

Economy & Jobs 10-01-2018

Berlusconi says Italy can’t leave euro, coalition ally disagrees

Silvio Berlusconi said yesterday (9 January) that Italy must not leave the euro but his main coalition partner immediately disagreed, underlining policy differences in the centre-right bloc which is expected to take most seats in an election in March.

Future EU 08-01-2018

Italy’s Padoan says left-right grand coalition possible

Italy's main political forces began in earnest on Sunday (7 January) to plot strategies for the upcoming general election, as the country's finance minister raised a red flag over political uncertainty in the eurozone's third largest economy.

Future EU 03-01-2018

Hung parliament feared as Italy goes to vote on 4 March

Italy will vote on March 4 in an election expected to produce a hung parliament, instability and possible market turbulence in the eurozone's third largest economy.

Italy up in arms over Austria passport offer to South Tyrol residents

Italian politicians denounced yesterday (18 December) a proposal by Austria's new government to offer passports to German-speaking residents of the northern Italian province of Alto Adige.

Elections 01-12-2017

Berlusconi sent to trial, accused of bribing ‘bunga bunga’ witness

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi was ordered yesterday (30 November) to stand trial accused of bribing a witness in a 2013 under-aged prostitution case, a legal source said.

Elections 22-11-2017

Berlusconi takes his comeback bid to Europe rights court

Italy's scandal-plagued former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi today (22 November) takes his comeback bid to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, asking it to weigh in on his ban from holding elected office.

Politics 23-10-2017

Northern Italy referendum: Regions seek greater autonomy

Two wealthy northern regions in Italy voted on Sunday (22 October) in favour of having increased independence from Rome, in a non-binding referendum that set the stage for negotiations on more autonomy with the central government.

Elections 18-09-2017

Rejuvenated Berlusconi lays out vote platform, eyes victory in Italy

Former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, marking a formal return to Italy's political stage, laid out his policy priorities on Sunday (17 September) for the forthcoming election, portraying himself as a pro-European moderate.

Elections 08-09-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Lega Nord Means Berlusconi

The Lega Nord has won the election. Or so one would be inclined to believe, surveying the stories on Italian politics published since August in the (mostly) UK press. A bit of Brexit projection, perhaps? Not exactly, but it can’t be excluded either.

Elections 28-06-2017

Berlusconi dusts himself down in final bid for power

He is an 80-year-old convicted criminal whose last government ended with Italy on the brink of bankruptcy - and he may well be kingmaker at the next election within a year.

Elections 26-06-2017

Italy’s centre-right wins big in mayoral elections

Italy's centre-right parties were the big winners in mayoral elections on Sunday (25 June), partial results showed, in a vote likely to put pressure on the centre-left government ahead of national elections due in less than a year.