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Politics Silvio Berlusconi

  • Centre-right candidates backed by the anti-immigrant Northern League and Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia party won a strong showing in the first round, and were ahead in 13 of the 22 provincial capitals going to a run-off. The national parliamentary election must be held by May 2018 but the broad coalition backing Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni is fragile...

  • Center-right candidates backed by the anti-immigrant Northern League and Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia party won a strong showing in the first round, and were ahead in 13 of the 22 provincial capitals going to a run-off. The national parliamentary election must be held by May 2018 but the broad coalition backing Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni is fragile...

  • MILAN/ FRANKFURT, June 23- The European Commission on Friday gave preliminary approval for an Italian plan to wind down two ailing Veneto- based regional lenders with state money in a move that may allow Rome to solve its latest banking crisis on its own terms. Italy plans to start liquidation proceedings for Banca Popolare di Vicenza and Veneto Banca on Saturday,...

  • *Vivendi wants to build southern Europe media empire. MILAN, June 1- Telecom Italia appointed Vivendi's chief executive Arnaud de Puyfontaine as its executive chairman on Thursday as the French media group further tightens its grip on Italy's former monopoly telecoms network operator. But it said he will not supervise Telecom Italia's Sparkle...

  • ROZZANO, Italy, May 4- French media group Vivendi tightened its grip on Telecom Italia on Thursday by appointing 10 directors out of 15 to the board of the Italian company. Vivendi, which has a 24 percent stake in Telecom Italia, put its CEO Arnaud de Puyfontaine top of its list of candidates for the company's board, which in Italy usually indicates the proposed...

  • MILAN, April 18- An Italian regulator ordered French media group Vivendi on Tuesday to cut its stake in either Telecom Italia or broadcaster Mediaset within a year, ruling it was in breach of rules designed to prevent a concentration of power. Vivendi, which aims to build a media empire in southern Europe, is the biggest single shareholder in Italy's main telecoms...

  • MILAN, March 22- Vivendi supervisory board member Tarak Ben Ammar said on Wednesday he was ready to act as a mediator between the French media group and Italian broadcaster Mediaset in a dispute over a collapsed pay-TV deal. "If they want me I'm always ready to help friends, if they want to stick with lawyers then they don't need me," Ben Ammar told journalists in Milan.

  • BERLIN, Jan 24- Germany's centre-left Social Democrats nominated former European Parliament president Martin Schulz on Tuesday as their candidate to run against Angela Merkel for the post of chancellor in September's national election. Opinion polls suggest Schulz, 61, has a better chance than Gabriel- though still very small- of unseating the...

  • BERLIN, Jan 24- Former European Parliament president Martin Schulz looks set to challenge conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel in September's national election after the leader of Germany's Social Democrats said he would stand aside to boost the party's chances. Opinion polls suggest Schulz has a better chance than Gabriel- though still very small- of...

  • PARIS/ LONDON/ MILAN, Jan 20- French media group Vivendi could resume talks with Mediaset but only if the Italian broadcaster drops legal action against it, several sources said on Friday. The focus of any talks would have to be determined, they told Reuters, but would involve Mediaset's Premium TV unit and possibly other assets of the Italian group controlled by...

  • PARIS/ LONDON/ MILAN, Jan 20- French media group Vivendi could resume talks with Mediaset but only if the Italian broadcaster drops legal action against it, several sources said on Friday. The focus of any talks would have to be determined, they told Reuters, but would involve Mediaset's Premium TV unit and possibly other assets of the Italian group controlled by...

  • SAO PAULO, Jan 6- Israeli businessman Amos Genish was vital to Vivendi SA's successful foray in Brazil a few years ago. His appointment this week as Vivendi's first chief convergence officer comes as global media companies bet on megadeals to increase their presence in entertainment-rich regions like the Americas, Europe and Asia while struggling to make...

  • Then-Prime Minister Matteo Renzi speaks after the Italian referendum on constitutional reforms, Palazzo Chigi, Dec. 5, 2016, Rome.

    Renzi said he would quit following his crushing defeat in Sunday's referendum.

  • Transparency is the only way there will be any check on what's going on here: NYT's Stewart

    Jim Stewart, New York Times, discusses Silvio Berlusconi and President-elect Donald Trump conflict parallels.

  • Berlusconi sells AC Milan to Chinese investors

    The long-time owner sold the soccer club to the new owners after being reassured they will invest heavily to return the team to its former glory.

  • Silvio Berlusconi attends a football match between AC Milan and Juventus FC.

    AC Milan are the latest European football team to move into Chinese ownership after Silvio Berlusconi said he had sold the club, the FT reports.

  • Is Alibaba's Jack Ma buying AC Milan?

    Is China's richest man, Jack Ma, buying storied Italian football club A.C. Milan? Ma himself is pleading ignorance.

  • Berlusconi got some things right: Author

    Alan Friedman, author of “Berlusconi” discusses Silvio Berlusconi’s relationship with other politicians.

  • Berlusconi was a ‘Donald Trump’ in early years

    Alan Friedman, author of “Berlusconi”, discusses the achievements and controversies surrounding the former Italian prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi.

  • Berlusconi to use 'disgrace' for a comeback: Pro

    Francesco Galietti, founder and CEO of Policy Sonar, says Silvio Berlusconi is likely to try and turn his community service into a political opportunity, and that his lack of official successor is hurting his Forza Italia party.