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  1. The World

    January 24, 2013

    A flavour of Obama for Monti's campaign

    Barack Obama knows a thing or two about winning elections and having pressed Italy’s Mario Monti into running for prime...

  2. December 26, 2012

    Monti-led poll alliance takes shape

    Italy’s centrist politicians are rallying behind Mario Monti’s offer to lead an alliance into elections in February, setting...

  1. December 23, 2012

    Monti sets stage for volatile Italy poll

    After serving as unelected prime minister for 13 months, Mario Monti has taken what he admits is the highly risky step of...

  2. December 23, 2012

    Monti ready to lead next government

    Mario Monti, Italy’s technocrat prime minister, has ended weeks of speculation over his future by declaring his readiness to...

  3. December 19, 2012

    Monti set to join political battle

    Mario Monti, Italy’s technocrat prime minister, has signalled his readiness to plunge into politics to defend his reform...

  4. December 11, 2012

    Italy billionaire backs second Monti term

    He is one of Italy’s richest industrialists and perhaps its most influential behind-the-scenes businessman, but even...

  5. November 14, 2012

    One year on, Monti under pressure to stay

    Blue lights flashing, a stream of limousines and security escorts held up Rome’s evening traffic and disgorged their...

  6. January 19, 2011

    Pressure on Berlusconi heats up after documents leaked

    Resignation calls: speculation is mounting that Silvio Berlusconi will be forced to exit the political arena Silvio...

  7. December 16, 2010

    ‘Third pole’ to challenge Berlusconi

    Having narrowly failed in their efforts to unseat Silvio Berlusconi’s coalition government in parliament, several opposition...

  8. December 15, 2010

    Italy’s great survivor clings to power

    Silvio Berlusconi must have strong fingernails. Amid violence on Rome’s streets and fisticuffs in its parliament, Italy’s...

  9. The World

    December 14, 2010

    An important win for Silvio Berlusconi

    By James Blitz, the FT’s defence and diplomatic editor and former Rome bureau chief Italy will hold an early general...

  10. December 14, 2010

    Berlusconi hangs on to power as riots hit Rome

    Silvio Berlusconi, Italian prime minister, during the parliamentary no-confidence debate Silvio Berlusconi’s coalition held...

  11. December 12, 2010

    Berlusconi under attack before confidence vote

    Gianfranco Fini, leader of an internal revolt against Silvio Berlusconi, has launched a bitter attack against the Italian...

  12. November 16, 2010

    Opposition seeks quick budget before ousting Berlusconi

    Italy’s opposition leaders have called for speedy passage of the government’s 2011 budget bill so they can get on to the...

  13. October 12, 2010

    Berlusconi vulnerable to rivals

    With opinion polls confirming that Silvio Berlusconi’s fractured government is losing its grip, party leaders are gearing up...

  14. October 5, 2010

    Berlusconi minister accused of conflict of interest

    Silvio Berlusconi’s choice of a new industries minister has been denounced by opposition politicians as another example of a...

  15. August 12, 2010

    Italian ‘third pole’ to challenge Berlusconi

    Silvio Berlusconi: intends to call confidence vote Renewed warnings by Silvio Berlusconi that he is ready to call early...

  16. March 31, 2008

    Casini warns Italy of shift to right

    In the constantly shifting sands of Italian coalition politics, one man more than most knows Silvio Berlusconi, the former...

  17. March 27, 2008

    Political profiles

    Silvio Berlusconi The billionaire entrepreneur, media tycoon and centre-right opposition leader is fighting his fifth...

  18. February 18, 2008

    Berlusconi rival borrows US tactics

    Borrowing again from the US election repertoire, Walter Veltroni, leader of Italy's centre-left Democratic party, yesterday...

  19. February 17, 2008

    Berlusconi rival borrows US tactics

    Borrowing again from the US election repertoire, Walter Veltroni, leader of Italy’s centre-left Democratic party, on Sunday...

  20. February 12, 2008

    Berlusconi in push to win Catholic vote

    Silvio Berlusconi, bidding for a third term as Italian prime minister, is launching a “shock” electoral campaign that on...

  21. November 23, 2007

    Allies turn on Berlusconi

    Two of Silvio Berlusconi’s usual political allies on Friday teamed up to attack the former Italian prime minister who last...

  22. November 20, 2007

    Rivals dismiss Berlusconi's plans for new Freedom party

    The battle for leadership of Italy's fragmented centre-right opposition exploded into the open yesterday following the...

  23. November 20, 2007

    Berlusconi in power bid with launch of new party

    The leadership struggle within Italy's fragmenting centre-right opposition has exploded into the open with the surprise...

  24. March 27, 2007

    Prodi survives key foreign policy vote

    Romani Prodi’s centre-left government survived a crucial parliamentary vote on foreign policy on Tuesday night, but relied...

  25. January 18, 2007

    US base plan opens rift in Italian coalition

    Members of Italy’s ruling centre-left coalition traded accusations of betrayal and irresponsibility on Thursday as a split...

  26. December 6, 2006

    Berlusconi ally Casini bails out of the coalition

    The lines of political battle were redrawn in Italy yesterday after a prominent opposition leader withdrew his party from...

  27. December 5, 2006

    Ally deserts Berlusconi coalition

    The lines of political battle were redrawn in Italy on Tuesday after a prominent opposition politician withdrew his party...

  28. November 27, 2006

    Question of succession raised as Berlusconi faints

    Silvio Berlusconi, the leader of Italy's centre-right opposition and former prime minister, fainted yesterday as he...

  29. October 14, 2006

    TV show's pranks leave Italian MPs red-faced

    Members of Italy's parliament were left red-faced this week when a popular television programme carried out two stunts that...

  30. September 8, 2006

    Allies urge Berlusconi to make way for new leader

    Some of Silvio Berlusconi's allies have suggested he should make way for a new leader of the Italian centre-right after he...

  31. April 22, 2006

    'Sad' Berlusconi calculates that truculence will pay

    From Italy's highest court to the US State Department and Muammer Gadaffi, Libya's leader, Romano Prodi has received...

  32. April 5, 2006

    Observer: Prod for Silvio

    In the piazzas of Italy yesterday, all the talk was about Silvio Berlusconi's latest election pledge - to abolish a property...

  33. April 4, 2006

    Airline boss hopping mad at French

    For the boss of a young budget airline there are worse role models than Michael O’Leary. The combative chief executive of...

  34. April 3, 2006

    Observer: Softly, softly

    Among the hottest issues that divide Italy's two coalitions is that of drug use. Just before the campaign started, the...

  35. March 29, 2006

    Italian centre-right hit by internal dispute

    Italy’s ruling centre-right coalition sought on Tuesday to patch up a potentially damaging internal dispute as the...

  36. March 29, 2006

    Italian coalition hit by fresh internal dispute

    Italy’s ruling centre-right coalition sought on Tuesday to patch up a potentially damaging internal dispute as the...

  37. March 23, 2006

    EU set for summit clash over protectionism

    Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor, on Thursday delivered a thinly-veiled rebuke to France and Spain for trying to protect...

  38. March 20, 2006

    Berlusconi slips in polls after attacking business leaders

    Italian opposition leaders on Monday questioned Silvio Berlusconi’s understanding of democracy after the prime minister, who...

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