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  1. February 26, 2013

    Boost for Berlusconi in Lombardy race

    Silvio Berlusconi was close to making another political gain on Tuesday night as poll projections indicated his centre-right...

  2. February 6, 2013

    Election focuses on Lombardy battleground

    It is Saturday night in a snowstorm in northern Italy and Roberto Maroni, head of the rightwing Northern League party, is on...

  1. January 7, 2013

    Berlusconi fights back with rightwing alliance

    Silvio Berlusconi, former Italian prime minister, is planning “guerrilla warfare” in parliament after elections next month,...

  2. January 7, 2013

    Berlusconi in pact with rightwing League

    Italy’s former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi says he has agreed on an electoral pact with the rightwing Northern League,...

  3. January 6, 2013

    Berlusconi close to Northern League pact

    Italy faces the risk of no outright winner emerging from general elections next month following reports that Silvio...

  4. October 25, 2011

    Italy’s coalition government in fight for life

    Italy’s prime minister was fighting on Tuesday night to stave off a collapse of his centre-right coalition government over...

  5. July 20, 2011

    Berlusconi loses vote to save MP from prison

    After a day of high drama in Italy’s parliament, Silvio Berlusconi’s centre-right party lost a vote to save one of its MPs...

  6. The World

    April 17, 2011

    The European Union in deep trouble

    What do the following stories have in common? 1. France has started to block trains from Italy to intercept illegal migrants...

  7. April 12, 2011

    Italy’s release of migrants strains EU ties

    Belgium and France have threatened to bring back border controls for travellers from Italy after Rome said it would give...

  8. April 7, 2011

    France steps up efforts to block migrants

    France has stepped up its efforts to block north African migrants from entering its territory from Italy, which is seeking...

  9. April 6, 2011

    Migrant boat sinks off Italian island

    As many as 250 people fleeing the war in Libya, including women and children, are missing and feared drowned after their...

  10. April 4, 2011

    Berlusconi seeks deal with Tunis on migrants

    Silvio Berlusconi has failed in a mission to Tunis to secure a deal to stop boatloads of north African migrants from...

  11. March 30, 2011

    Rome fears fresh wave of migrants from Libya

    Beneath the snow-capped crater of Mount Etna, yachts and ferries fill Catania’s placid harbour. Yet Italy’s government fears...

  12. March 29, 2011

    Italian island struggles with wave of immigrants

    Italy’s small island of Lampedusa – a remote patch of Europe closest to Libya and southern Tunisia – is struggling to cope...

  13. March 15, 2011

    Italy blocks ship of migrants fleeing Libya

    A Moroccan ferry carrying 1,800 people fleeing Libya was reported to be standing off Sicily on Tuesday after the Italian...

  14. February 25, 2011

    EU ministers cool to Italy’s call for aid

    Italy’s request for assistance to cope with what it called a possible “invasion” of North African migrants drew a tepid...

  15. February 13, 2011

    Italy appeals for help with Tunisian flotilla

    An exodus of desperate Tunisians heading on small boats across the Mediterranean has prompted Italy to appeal to the...

  16. February 2, 2011

    Bossi sees federal vote as key to new Italy

    The firebrand leader of Italy’s Northern League enters a fog-bound town near Milan to the usual cheers and organ music that...

  17. December 23, 2010

    Parcel bombs in Rome injure embassy staff

    Two embassy workers handling Christmas mail were wounded in separate explosions caused by parcel bombs sent to the Swiss and...

  18. December 17, 2010

    Minister blames Rome riots on ‘professionals of violence’

    Roberto Maroni, Italy’s hardline interior minister, has accused “professionals of violence” of instigating the worst rioting...

  19. November 5, 2010

    Italy plans expulsion law

    Silvio Berlusconi’s centre-right government is proposing a controversial draft law that would provide for the expulsion of...

  20. September 14, 2010

    Anti-mafia police make largest asset seizure

    Italian anti-mafia police have made their largest seizure of assets as part of an investigation into windfarm contracts in...

  21. September 10, 2010

    Italy pushes law driven by Roma influx

    Italy’s centre-right government is pressing ahead with controversial legislation driven by an influx from Romania of...

  22. August 4, 2010

    Poll gamble nearer for Berlusconi

    Silvio Berlusconi, prime minister, talks to Angelino Alfano, justice minister, during the debate Italy has moved a step...

  23. March 22, 2010

    Berlusconi struggles to rally supporters ahead of polls

    Silvio Berlusconi failed to muster the numbers he had hoped for at a weekend rally of his centre-right People of Liberty...

  24. February 9, 2010

    Tuscan town turns against Chinese immigrants

    When the Italian police, firefighters and assorted inspectors banged on the factory door, launching their latest raid on...

  25. February 8, 2010

    Tuscan town turns against Chinese migrants

    A textiles worker in Prato, where Chinese factories can produce up to 1m items a day When the Italian police, firefighters...

  26. January 18, 2010

    Rome tested by violence in south

    Rioting by migrant African crop-pickers and the violent backlash by local people in the southern Italian town of Rosarno has...

  27. January 17, 2010

    Mafia and migrants test Berlusconi

    Rioting by migrant African crop-pickers and the violent backlash by local people in the southern Italian town of Rosarno has...

  28. January 11, 2010

    Berlusconi returns to work with tax pledge

    Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s prime minister, returned to work on Monday, four weeks after he was attacked on the street by a...

  29. January 8, 2010

    Italy steps up fight against Calabrian Mafia

    The Italian government has stepped up its fight against the Calabrian Mafia by promising more magistrates and police...

  30. January 8, 2010

    Immigrants protest over racial abuse in Italy

    At least 34 people have been injured in two days of racially motivated violence in a town in southern Italy after an attack...

  31. December 15, 2009

    Bloodied Berlusconi says love conquers all

    Declaring from his hospital bed that “love always defeats envy and hatred”, Silvio Berlusconi on Tuesday issued his first...

  32. June 16, 2009

    Italy to accept inmates from Guantánamo

    Lingering doubts among European Union members on whether to take former Guantánamo Bay detainees appeared to be softening on...

  33. October 15, 2008

    Mafia strike under nose of paratroopers

    Even Italy's crack Folgore paratroopers could not save 60-year-old Stanislao Cantelli from the Mafia. Two days after Silvio...

  34. October 14, 2008

    Mafia strike under nose of paratroopers

    Even Italy’s crack Folgore paratroopers could not save 60-year-old Stanislao Cantelli from the Mafia.Two days after Silvio...

  35. August 25, 2008

    Italian party seeks to block new mosques

    Italy's Northern League, the populist, xenophobic, sometimes separatist movement that is a key component of Silvio...

  36. August 25, 2008

    Italy's Northern League seeks to block new mosques

    Italy's Northern League, the populist, xenophobic, sometimes separatist movement that is a key component of Silvio...

  37. July 11, 2008

    Italy denies finger-printing of Gypsies is racist

    Italy's centre-right government yesterday rejected accusations of racism from European parliamentarians over its...

  38. May 22, 2008

    Berlusconi reveals crackdown on crime

    Pledging to erase "citizens' fears" and guarantee their security, Silvio Berlusconi, Italy's newly elected prime minister,...

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