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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

      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...

    23. 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...

    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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