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  1. May 17, 2012

    Italy’s Umberto Bossi faces fraud probe

    Umberto Bossi, the founder of Italy’s opposition Northern League and close associate of Silvio Berlusconi, was on Wednesday...

  2. April 12, 2012

    Monti urged to get tough on graft

    Italy’s leading politicians have proposed reforming public funding for parties in response to the corruption scandals that...

  1. April 5, 2012

    Bossi quits as Northern League leader

    Umberto Bossi, the veteran leader of Italy’s opposition Northern League and a close associate of Silvio Berlusconi, resigned...

  2. November 10, 2011

    Berlusconi losing grip on his party

    Silvio Berlusconi is losing his grip on his own People of Liberty party in what are likely to be his last days in office...

  3. FT Alphaville

    November 9, 2011

    Really, the wrong technocrats

    OK, beyond the Nero jokes… we’re still very confused by this big movement to suppress political risk, or volatility, in the...

  4. October 31, 2011

    ‘Baby pensioners’ face a beating

    “All politics is local.” That favourite cliché may well apply in the US where Tip O’Neill, former speaker of the House, is...

  5. October 26, 2011

    Berlusconi held to the fire by EU partners

    Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s centre-right prime minister, has been forced into a corner by European Union demands for a strict...

  6. 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...

  7. October 11, 2011

    Berlusconi’s future in balance

    Silvio Berlusconi was left fighting for the future of his centre-right government on Tuesday night after losing a...

  8. September 28, 2011

    Rome in disarray over Draghi successor

    Sharp disagreements within Italy’s fractious centre-right government are delaying the nomination of a new governor of the...

  9. September 22, 2011

    Italy downgrades growth forecasts

    Italians have been warned not to expect more than meagre growth in their debt-strapped economy over the next two years as...

  10. September 22, 2011

    National disunity is the talk of the day

    Just as a good number of Germans object to bailing out Greeks they see as feckless and lazy, many northern Italians in the...

  11. September 6, 2011

    Italy makes last-minute budget U-turn

    Silvio Berlusconi’s centre-right government caved in to pressure from bond markets and European partners late on Tuesday by...

  12. August 30, 2011

    Tremonti left isolated over austerity package

    If Silvio Berlusconi is the winner from the latest shake-up in Italy’s austerity cuts, presenting himself as the protector...

  13. August 29, 2011

    Berlusconi in austerity package talks

    Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s prime Minister, met Umberto Bossi, leader of the Northern League and his closest ally, on Monday...

  14. August 22, 2011

    Italy austerity plan under scrutiny

    Silvio Berlusconi’s centre-right government is hoping to rally support for its €45.5bn austerity decree, passed by cabinet...

  15. August 12, 2011

    Rome to unveil fresh austerity measures

    Fresh measures to balance Italy’s budget by 2013 will be unveiled on Friday evening as Rome moves to hasten its austerity...

  16. 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...

  17. June 28, 2011

    Italian bond auction survives contagion fears

    Italy’s borrowing costs rose to the highest level in almost three years, but there was market relief at Tuesday’s relatively...

  18. June 20, 2011

    Italy’s south chafes at Northern League power

    Far to the south of the Northern League rally lies Pontelandolfo, a hill town near Naples, whose inhabitants might well be...

  19. June 19, 2011

    Northern demands add to Berlusconi woes

    Crossed swords: supporters at the annual meeting of the Northern League on Sunday Umberto Bossi, the populist Italian...

  20. May 30, 2011

    Italians inflict political blow on Berlusconi

    Italians voting in local elections have inflicted a resounding defeat on Silvio Berlusconi and his ruling People of Liberty...

  21. May 25, 2011

    Berlusconi losing his Midas touch

    Having won three general elections and entered the record books as Italy’s longest serving postwar prime minister, Silvio...

  22. May 24, 2011

    Violence flares in Italy’s ports

    Italian shipyard workers protesting against planned job cuts have clashed with police following the latest announcement of...

  23. May 17, 2011

    Local elections punish Berlusconi

    Silvio Berlusconi’s surprisingly poor showing in local elections in his Milan stronghold has exposed cracks in the ruling...

  24. May 10, 2011

    Italy’s finance minister in leadership fight

    One week he is savaged by Silvio Berlusconi’s media attack-dogs, the next, Italy’s prime minister touts him as his likely...

  25. April 15, 2011

    Italy rejects Libya airstrikes call

    Silvio Berlusconi’s centre-right government in Italy delivered a sharp blow to France and Britain on Friday when it flatly...

  26. February 22, 2011

    UN refugee agency issues plea

    The UN refugee agency appealed on Tuesday to Libya’s neighbours in Europe and north Africa not to turn back people fleeing...

  27. February 3, 2011

    Berlusconi stays despite tax vote defeat

    Silvio Berlusconi and his rightwing allies have suffered a damaging defeat in parliament over proposed changes to Italy’s...

  28. February 3, 2011

    Berlusconi stays put despite defeat in tax vote

    Silvio Berlusconi and his rightwing allies have suffered a damaging defeat in parliament over proposed changes to Italy’s...

  29. 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...

  30. December 14, 2010

    Italy’s bruised politicians set for next battle

    Italy’s political crisis leaves no clear winners, only wounded survivors stumbling towards the next battle in what promises...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. December 13, 2010

    Italy faces prolonged political uncertainty

    Farewell wave? Silvio Berlusconi acknowledges the crowds as he leaves the senate after delivering an address on Monday in...

  34. December 13, 2010

    Berlusconi appeals to moderates to save him

    Silvio Berlusconi has appealed to moderates to save his centre-right government from collapse and Italy from possible market...

  35. September 29, 2010

    Berlusconi survives vote, but dependant on rebels

    Under pressure: Silvio Berlusconi reflects after his speech to parliament in Rome Silvio Berlusconi won some breathing space...

  36. September 3, 2010

    European countries cannot have it both ways on immigration

    Which European politician said in July that his country was “suffering from 50 years of lax immigration rules that have led...

  37. June 15, 2010

    Italian radio station cheers on football rivals

    Millions of Italians were on the edge of their seats on Monday night as the World Cup holders struggled for a 1-1 draw...

  38. April 26, 2010

    Italy's lenders fear return to 'bad old days'

    Politics and local turf wars will be played out this week when the resurgent and rightwing Northern League will seek to...

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