Italian lawmakers elect top judge Mattarella as president

/ Feb 1, 2015

Italian lawmakers elect top judge Mattarella as president

Sergio Mattarella, a Constitutional Court justice widely considered to be above the political fray, was elected Saturday as Italy's president in the third day of balloting by lawmakers. He quickly set as priorities attention to his country's moribund economy and the need for unity in ...

/ Jul 18, 2014

Appeals court reverses conviction, acquits Berlusconi in sex case

An Italian appeals court Friday acquitted former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in a sex-for-hire case, reversing a lower court conviction that had carried a seven-year prison sentence and a lifetime ban on holding political office. The case revealed details of raunchy, sex-fueled so-called bunga-bunga parties ...

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 men, ...

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 his ...

Berlusconi political heir bolts party to form own political grouping

/ Nov 16, 2013

Berlusconi political heir bolts party to form own political grouping

Silvio Berlusconi suffered another major setback on Friday after his political heir announced he was leaving Berlusconi's party to form a new political grouping, creating a schism in Italy's center-right that raised fresh questions about the stability of the government. Angelino Alfano, currently interior minister ...

/ Jan 9, 2013

Berlusconi, Northern League tie up

Italy's playboy former prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, announced a deal Monday with the rightwing Northern League ahead of next month's national elections, potentially opening up a tighter contest in a race being closely watched by financial markets. "We have a pope," the 76-year-old billionaire — ...