About: Silvio Berlusconi

Future EU 29-05-2018

President readies Italy for snap polls to be fought on EU, euro

Italy's president set the country on a path to fresh elections on Monday (28 May), appointing a former International Monetary Fund official as interim prime minister with the task of planning for snap polls and passing the next budget.
Future EU 28-05-2018

Technocrat PM to take over in Italy as President steps in to protect the euro

Italy's president is expected to ask a former International Monetary Fund official today (28 May) to head a stopgap government amidst political and constitutional turmoil, with early elections looking inevitable.
Future EU 11-05-2018

Tajani warns compatriots against exiting the euro

This year’s “State of the Union” conference opened in Florence on Friday  (11 May), coinciding with the news that Italy is likely to get a coalition government of two Eurosceptic forces, both keen on leaving the eurozone. Speaking at the event, European Parliament President Antonio Tajani strongly warned Italy against exiting the euro.
Elections 07-05-2018

Italy repeat election looms as parties still far apart

The prospect of an election re-run in Italy grew today (7 May) as President Sergio Mattarella held a final round of consultations to try to break two months of political deadlock with party leaders still far apart.
Elections 28-03-2018

5-Star lawmakers call for government deal with far-right League

Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, the largest party in parliament after this month's election, should try to form a government with its far-right rivals the League, two of its senior politicians said on Tuesday (27 March).
Future EU 07-03-2018

Italian left mulls 5-Star deal to end deadlock

Senior members of Italy's vanquished Democratic Party yesterday (6 March) eyed a possible deal with the triumphant 5-Star Movement (M5S), following an election that left the country with a hung parliament and anti-establishment and far-right parties vying to form a government.
Elections 05-03-2018

Anti-establishment and far-right triumph in Italy election as count continues

The anti-establishment 5-Star movement and the far-right Northern League could have enough support for a majority after Sunday's (4 March) general election, although some analysts believe such a coalition is unlikely.
Future EU 02-03-2018

Tajani agrees to be Berlusconi’s PM choice ahead of Sunday’s vote

European Parliament President Antonio Tajani said yesterday (1 March) he would stand as candidate for prime minister for former premier Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia, or "Go Italy!" party, in the 4 March vote.
Future EU 01-03-2018

Italy’s 5-Star reveals would-be cabinet team ahead of election

Italy's 5-Star Movement has named its team of ministers if it is asked to form a government after Sunday's election, an unusual move aimed at stealing a march on its rivals and showing voters it is ready for power.
Elections 27-02-2018

Berlusconi teases comeback, Tajani plays coy on PM chances

Silvio Berlusconi has revealed that he is “available” to be Italy's prime minister in 2019 if next week’s election yields a hung parliament and a re-run of the vote. But his likely pick for the top job, in case a government can be formed, has played down his interest in accepting the appointment.
Future EU 27-02-2018

Fearful EU angles for grand coalition in Italy

Fearing paralysis after Italy's nailbiting 4 March election, EU officials are quietly working to encourage a "grand coalition" of pro-European parties -- including that of colourful billionaire ex-PM Silvio Berlusconi.
Elections 23-02-2018

Berlusconi: Tajani as PM ‘would make Italy’s interests count in the EU’

Silvio Berlusconi cannot be Italy's prime minister due to a tax fraud conviction but he will most likely play the role of kingmaker. The name of European Parliament President Antonio Tajani remains among those who could win his favour.
Future EU 19-02-2018

Orbán calls for global anti-migrant alliance with eye on April elections

Hungarian leader Viktor Orbán called yesterday (18 February) for a global alliance against migration as his right-wing populist Fidesz party began campaigning for an 8 April election in which it is expected to win a third consecutive landslide victory.
Elections 16-02-2018

Why is Matteo Renzi such a divisive figure?

Former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is a divisive figure in his homeland. As elections loom just on the horizon and Renzi's return to power far from guaranteed, EURACTIV’s partner Italia Oggi takes a look at why the Florentine splits opinion.
Future EU 08-02-2018

Berlusconi ally attacks euro, says preparing exit

The leader of Italy's right-wing Northern League said yesterday (7 February) his party was preparing the ground to leave the euro zone and called the euro a "German currency" which had damaged Italy's economy.
Elections 24-01-2018

Italy centre-right divisions widen as League beats anti-euro drum

The leader of Italy's far-right Northern League on yesterday (23 January) called the euro "a failed experiment" and presented outspoken anti-euro economists among his election candidates, widening divisions with his ally 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.