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  1. April 15, 2014

    Silvio Berlusconi faces community service for tax fraud

    Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s former prime minister, is to serve his one-year sentence for tax fraud by performing community...

  2. April 11, 2014

    Mystery around ex-senator Marcello Dell’Utri deepens

    Italian police are on the hunt for a former senator and business partner of Silvio Berlusconi, who has been declared a...

  1. April 10, 2014

    Silvio Berlusconi looks set to be spared prison cell

    The day his supporters called the “death of democracy” arrived on Thursday as a Milan court convened to consider how Silvio...

  2. April 8, 2014

    Renzi cuts Italy growth forecasts to 0.8% but repeats tax cut pledge

    Matteo Renzi has lowered Italy’s 2014 growth forecasts but says he intends to maintain his pledge to cut income taxes for...

  3. February 19, 2014

    Italy: Matteo Renzi says coalition government nearly ready

    Matteo Renzi, the leader of Italy’s centre-left Democrats, says he hopes to have his new government ready this weekend after...

  4. February 16, 2014

    Matteo Renzi faces first delays in forming Italy’s next government

    Efforts to install Italy’s next coalition government as quickly as possible have run into their first setback after Matteo...

  5. February 6, 2014

    Berlusconi said to be planning to stand in European elections

    Silvio Berlusconi is not giving up. Despite a conviction for tax fraud and a ban on running for office, the billionaire...

  6. The World

    January 28, 2014

    Why the Renzi-Berlusconi deal is no panacea for Italy

    Matteo Renzi (Getty) Outside Italy there is an understandable enthusiasm for the constitutional and electoral reform...

  7. January 26, 2014

    Renzi faces a hard road but he is Italy’s best hope

    There was a moment last week when Matteo Renzi looked the part of an Italian prime minister. The new leader of the...

  8. January 20, 2014

    Italy’s centre-left approves sweeping political reforms

    Matteo Renzi, leader of Italy’s centre-left Democratic party, has laid out his plan for sweeping reforms of the electoral...

  9. December 23, 2013

    Italy’s economy out of ‘emergency room’, says PM

    Italy is out of the “emergency room” and benefiting from a “stability dividend” that has reduced costs of funding its...

  10. December 11, 2013

    Italy’s premier calls for support of parliament

    Enrico Letta, centre-left prime minister, has appealed to Italy’s parliament to back his coalition government with its...

  11. December 3, 2013

    Letta needs to start governing – or call an election

    The Italian political scene keeps changing, yet all could stay the same. It is an old story. The biggest centre-right party...

  12. December 1, 2013

    Comic-activist Beppe Grillo blasts Italy’s fragile coalition

    Italy’s anti-establishment Five Star Movement has delivered a stark reminder to the country’s fragile coalition government...

  13. November 27, 2013

    Silvio Berlusconi expelled from Italy’s Senate

    Silvio Berlusconi delivered a defiant speech to his supporters in central Rome, declaring “a day of mourning for democracy”...

  14. November 26, 2013

    Silvio Berlusconi withdraws support from Italy’s government

    Silvio Berlusconi’s centre-right party said on Tuesday it would withdraw from Italy’s coalition government led by Enrico...

  15. November 25, 2013

    Silvio Berlusconi in last-minute fight to keep Senate seat

    Silvio Berlusconi presented fresh evidence on Monday that the former Italian premier said would overturn a tax fraud...

  16. November 17, 2013

    Silvio Berlusconi to lead divided party into opposition

    Silvio Berlusconi is preparing to take his resurrected Forza Italia party into opposition but at the cost of a bitter...

  17. November 16, 2013

    Weakened Berlusconi relaunches Forza Italia

    Deserted by key allies, a weakened Silvio Berlusconi relaunched his centre-right party under its founding name of Forza...

  18. October 4, 2013

    Embattled Berlusconi approaches ‘end of the road’ as schism nears

    “Silvio Berlusconi is dead. He is at the end of the road. One of his greatest fears now is ending up in prison.” Italy’s...

  19. October 2, 2013

    Angelino Alfano: Berlusconi loyalist who ‘betrayed’ his mentor

    Until a week ago, Angelino Alfano was seen as one of Silvio Berlusconi’s most devoted loyalists, even if he no longer bore...

  20. The World

    October 2, 2013

    The twilight of Forza Italia?

    (FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images) As the FT’s former man in Rome, I find it poignant to see Silvio Berlusconi battling...

  21. September 30, 2013

    Silvio Berlusconi faces party revolt over coalition collapse

    Silvio Berlusconi has triggered the collapse of Italy’s coalition government but in the process he risks breaking apart his...

  22. September 29, 2013

    Italy’s PM seeks to shore up government

    Enrico Letta, Italy’s centre-left prime minister, is seeking urgent parliamentary support for a new government after...

  23. September 26, 2013

    Italy PM Letta returns to resignation threat from centre-right

    Fresh from assuring potential Wall Street investors that Italy was “young, virtuous and credible”, prime minister Enrico...

  24. September 20, 2013

    Italy lowers output forecasts and says deficit risks overshooting

    Italy’s coalition government, appealing for political stability to keep an anticipated recovery on track, has lowered its...

  25. September 2, 2013

    Italy’s parties contemplate generational shift

    As the beach chairs get stacked away for another year, Italians returning from their summer break this week have found a...

  26. The World

    August 23, 2013

    Forza Italia 2.0: Berlusconi's new Rome HQ

    Pardon or no pardon, Silvio Berlusconi, who was handed a final conviction for tax fraud by the Supreme Court earlier in...

  27. The World

    August 8, 2013

    In the Picture: Berlusconi's legacy

    (Getty) By Catherine Contiguglia It seemed an era of Italian politics came to an end with the announcement that Italy’s...

  28. August 5, 2013

    Italy speculates that Marina Berlusconi is Silvio’s heiress apparent

    Silvio Berlusconi may have assured his small but adoring crowd of supporters that he is “not giving up” following his...

  29. August 2, 2013

    Down but not out, Berlusconi plots next moves

    Voice shaking and anger written in his face, Silvio Berlusconi has hit back at his conviction for tax fraud by Italy’s...

  30. FT Alphaville

    August 2, 2013

    The 6am Cut London

    Asian stocks rose, following record closes in the S&P500 and Dow. The Nikkei rose 1.7%, helped by strong earnings from...

  31. December 3, 2012

    Outlook mixed for Europe’s party politics

    By picking Pier Luigi Bersani as the centre-left Democratic party’s candidate for premier, Italian voters have challenged...

  32. November 26, 2012

    Berlusconi set for comeback, claim allies

    Down but not out, Silvio Berlusconi is according to some of his allies preparing to launch his political comeback this week...

  33. July 16, 2012

    Berlusconi fuels comeback speculation

    Silvio Berlusconi met a group of international economists behind closed doors on Monday, fuelling expectations that the...

  34. April 16, 2012

    Berlusconi associate accused of bribery

    An Italian businessman linked to a sex scandal involving Silvio Berlusconi was arrested on Monday on charges of offering...

  35. February 3, 2012

    Berlusconi: vacuum salesman to prime minister

    September 1936: Born in Milan to middle-class family Early life: During his studies he earns a reputation as a crooner,...

  36. January 20, 2012

    A sporting chance for politicians

    Usually, the face of an Olympics is a furry animal mascot. The Salt Lake City winter Games of 2002 used a private-equity...

  37. FT Alphaville

    December 6, 2011

    Pink picks

    Comment, analysis and other offerings from Tuesday’s FT, After MF Global: how to protect customers’ cash Customer money is...

  38. December 5, 2011

    Rome’s long road to fiscal credibility

    “Save Italy”. The name chosen by prime minister Mario Monti for the austerity package announced on Sunday could have hardly...

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