Berlusconi: from sex appeal to legal appeal

Jun 18, 2014

Berlusconi: from sex appeal to legal appeal

As Silvio Berlusconi braces for the start of his appeal trial Friday against a conviction for paying for sex with an underage prostitute, analysts say the career of the man who upended Italian politics is dead. The three-time former prime minister was sentenced last ...

Berlusconi gets community service for tax conviction

Apr 16, 2014

Berlusconi gets community service for tax conviction

A court has ordered former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to serve a tax fraud sentence by doing community service with the elderly, in a ruling that restricts his movements but not his political activity. The court ruled Tuesday that Berlusconi, one of Italy’s richest ...

Italy's new premier sets to work amid ailing economy

Feb 23, 2014

Italy's new premier sets to work amid ailing economy

Matteo Renzi became Italy’s youngest premier on Saturday, promising a new era of stable government after using old-school politicking to engineer the ouster of a fellow Democrat he deemed too timid to get the nation back to work. The unabashedly ambitious Renzi, 39, quit ...

Berlusconi divorce paves way for possible third marriage

Feb 21, 2014

Berlusconi divorce paves way for possible third marriage

Italy’s billionaire former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is officially divorced, paving the way for a possible marriage with a woman almost 50 years his junior, Italian media said Wednesday. According to gossip website Dagospia and others, Berlusconi’s brown-haired, shapely 28-year-old girlfriend, Francesca Pascale, has ...

Italian parliament expels defiant Berlusconi

Nov 28, 2013

Italian parliament expels defiant Berlusconi

Italy’s parliament on Wednesday expelled Silvio Berlusconi over a tax fraud conviction in a humiliating vote that will not be the last act of the billionaire tycoon’s tumultuous career as he vowed to “fight on.” The three-time former prime minister told thousands of supporters ...

Italy in new crisis as center-right ministers quit

Sep 29, 2013

Italy in new crisis as center-right ministers quit

Center-right ministers Saturday resigned from Italy’s fragile coalition government, unleashing a fresh political crisis after what Prime Minister Enrico Letta called a “crazy act” of encouragement by their leader, former Premier Silvio Berlusconi. All five ministers of the People of Freedom (PDL) party took ...

Italian PM job 'only for mentally ill'

Mar 29, 2013

Italian PM job 'only for mentally ill'

Italian center-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani said Wednesday that only a mentally ill person would want Italy’s top job as he raced to secure enough support to form a government in the recession-hit country. Bersani, who was asked by the president last week to ...