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Berlusconi News

Berlusconi, freed from sex-trial woes, dreams of political comeback

Rome - Silvio Berlusconi's acquittal in a high-profile sex-for-hire case has boosted the former Italian prime minister's determination to revive his political career, despite his growing isolation in the corridors of power.
In the Media by Laure Brumont (AFP)

Berlusconi acquitted in Ruby sex case trial

Milan - An Italian appeals court on Friday cleared Silvio Berlusconi of having sex with an underage prostitute and abuse of power in a surprise ruling that will strengthen the former prime minister on the political scene.
In the Media by Giuseppe Aresu with Dario Thuburn in Rome (AFP)

Berlusconi 'Rubygate' appeal opens

Milan - Silvio Berlusconi's appeal against a conviction for paying for sex with a teen prostitute began Friday without the former premier, who was doing community service for tax fraud.
In the Media by Sonia Logre (AFP)

Italy's Berlusconi begins community service

Milan - Italy's Silvio Berlusconi began his community service for tax fraud on Friday in a spectacular fall from grace for the flamboyant ex-premier, who will likely seek political gain from the symbolic punishment.
In the Media by Giovanni Grezzi with Dario Thuburn in Rome (AFP)

Italy's Berlusconi headed for community service

Milan - Italian prosecutors on Thursday approved a request by Silvio Berlusconi's lawyers for the three-time prime minister to do community service rather than face house arrest following a tax fraud conviction.
In the Media by Sonia LOGRE (AFP)

Convict Berlusconi braces for key court date

Milan - Italy's Silvio Berlusconi braced for a crucial court date on Thursday that will result in the three-time former prime minister losing freedom of movement for a few months although avoiding actual prison time.
In the Media by Dario Thuburn (AFP)

Berlusconi says his children won't replace him in EU polls

Rome - Italy's former prime minister and media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi on Saturday dismissed rumours that one of his children would fly his party's colours in the European Union's May elections."Those are all inventions," Berlusconi, 77, told activists of Fo...
In the Media by AFP

Italy's top court upholds Berlusconi public office ban

Rome - Italy's supreme court on Tuesday upheld a two-year ban from public office against former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi who had filed an appeal with the country's top court.The ban was imposed as part of a tax fraud conviction against the media magna...
In the Media by AFP

Berlusconi back in court for bribery in new trial

Naples - Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi faces his latest trial starting on Tuesday in Naples for allegedly bribing a senator to join his party's ranks, even as he attempts to retain a leading political role.The billionaire tycoon, who lost his ...
In the Media by AFP

Berlusconi heckled at talks with centre-left leader

Rome - Italy's Silvio Berlusconi was heckled by protesters on Saturday as he arrived amid tight security for a controversial meeting with the country's main centre-left leader that has divided leftists."Shame!" and "No negotiations with criminals!
In the Media by AFP

Berlusconi found guilty of sex crime, given 7 years in prison

Italian former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was given seven years in jail Monday for paying for sex with underage prostitute. He's expected to appeal the verdict.
In the Media by Eko Armunanto - 2 comments

Ford apologizes for offensive 'Berlusconi' car ad in India

Ford and its ad agency WPP Group have issued an apology for a Ford Figo ad that shows the former Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi flashing the v-sign over three voluptuous, bound and gagged women in the spacious hatchback trunk of his new Ford Figo.
In the Media by JohnThomas Didymus - 6 comments

Milan court gives Silvio Berlusconi a year in prison

A Milan court gave Silvio Berlusconi a year in prison on Thursday over the publication of an illegally obtained wiretap in his brother's newspaper, the Italian ANSA news agency reported.
In the Media by Eko Armunanto - 3 comments

Italian court sentences former PM Berlusconi to 4 years in prison

An Italian court handed down its verdict against former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and 10 others in a six-year-old tax fraud trial. Berlusconi will serve four years in prison, the Milan court announced.
In the Media by David Silverberg - 8 comments

Right retreats as a comic advances in Italian local polls

Rome - Berlusconi's party and Northern League lost badly as Grillo's 5-Star Movement advanced in local elections. Democratic Party held its ground while the Left gained.
In the Media by Alessio Fratticcioli

Witness Claims 'Nun Strippers' Ordered by Italian PM Berlusconi

Former long-time Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has had new details added to his collection of alleged misbehaviour.
In the Media by Chris Stewart

Berlusconi bribery trial ends with no verdict as time runs out

Rome - Former Italian Prime Minister evades punishment on charges of bribing British lawyer David Mills. The statute of limitations had run out and a verdict could not be reached.
In the Media by Alessio Fratticcioli

Op-Ed: Berlusconi shows you're never too old to party

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi likes to keep things interesting doesn't he? After photos of his infamous 'bunga bunga' parties recently surfaced in the media, it seems the Italian PM is tarnishing his own reputation even further.
In the Media by Lewis McCathie - 3 comments

Italian TV bans lesbian ad promoting Renault's Twingo

A spot for Renault ad showing two women about to make out is too racy for Italian TV. State TV RAI and the Prime Minister's Mediaset won't run the 30-second ad but Sky is the only broadcaster to air it.
In the Media by David Silverberg - 2 comments

Op-Ed: Berlusconi - Scorched earth and the Twilight of the Gods

Italian Prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s utterly self-serving success in fending off a challenge to his leadership means that his country has now become virtually ungovernable at a critical and dangerous moment.
In the Media by Michael Cosgrove - 9 comments

Op-Ed: Italy only autocratic dictatorship in the Western world?

At a time when it is fashionable for Westerners to say that their country is a "dictatorship" it may be worth taking a look at what that word really means. So is your country on a par with Italy?
In the Media by Michael Cosgrove - 16 comments

Corruption probe in Italy lists 350 politicians, celebrities

Rome - Almost 400 names of Italian politicians, civil servants and celebrities appear on a secret found on the computer of a construction company that claimed to offer construction work free of charge.
In the Media by R. C. Camphausen - 6 comments

Belarus' glimmer of hope: An interview with the opposition leader Special

Berlin - Aleksander Milinkevich, leader of the opposition during the 2006 Belorussian presidential elections and candidate for the next election, sat down with me to talk about politics and why he is a glimmer of hope for Belarus.
Digital Journal Report by Riccardo Valsecchi - 2 comments

Wiretaps show Italian PM Berlusconi's attempts to gag media

Excerpts of wiretaps published in "La Repubblica" reveal a conversation between Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and a commissioner of Italy's independent broadcast regulator. They show the PM attempted to suppress critical news about himself.
In the Media by R. C. Camphausen

What does Berlusconi have in common with the Wrecker?

Silvio Berlusconi and his nebulous beginnings as businessman was caught on tape recorded by the Italian journalist Paolo Guzzanti.
In the Media by Riccardo Valsecchi

Berlusconi: 'Israeli reaction against Gaza was fair'

Jerusalem - During his third day of visits in Israel, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi delivered a speech in the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament. Berlusconi also talked with Palestinian President Abu Mazen.
In the Media by Riccardo Valsecchi

Materazzi dressed up as Berlusconi during Milan derby

Marco Materazzi, the defender of the football club FC Internazionale, could be fined for wearing a mask depicting Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi at the end of the football match AC Milan-FC Internazionale
In the Media by Riccardo Valsecchi

From Italy: less money for the parents, more for the kids.

Less money for old age pensions in order to create a fund for young people leaving home at 18 years old. A new idea from the Italian Minister of Public Administration and Innovation
In the Media by Riccardo Valsecchi - 1 comment

Berlusconi attacked in public square

Berlusconi hurt by the launch of an object after a rally in Milan. Massimo Tartaglia, who made this gesture, has been mentally treated for ten years
In the Media by Matteo Marras - 7 comments

Secret audio tapes allege Berlusconi spent night with escort

As if Silvio Berlusconi didn’t have enough scandals concerning his private life to deal with already. Now, an Italian call girl has submitted tapes to a judicial investigation she claims were recorded while she and Berlusconi were preparing to go to bed
In the Media by Michael Cosgrove - 4 comments
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