Politics Silvio Berlusconi

  • *Brussels institutions back in action, facing familiar problems. Last week, the EU's remaining Big Three-- German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and their host, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi-- felt they needed to renew their vows at the wellspring of the union, the island of Ventotene, where in 1941 prisoners of Mussolini wrote a...

  • *Bollore clashes with Berlusconis over Italy's Mediaset. PARIS, Aug 12- When French tycoon Vincent Bollore backed out of a deal to buy the pay-TV business of Italian broadcaster Mediaset, and instead proposed to take a large slice of the parent company itself, investors feared he was plotting another stealth raid. The family of former Italian premier Silvio...

  • *Bollore clashes with Berlusconis over Italy's Mediaset. PARIS, Aug 12- When French tycoon Vincent Bollore backed out of a deal to buy the pay-TV business of Italian broadcaster Mediaset, and instead proposed to take a large slice of the parent company itself, investors feared he was plotting another stealth raid. The family of former Italian premier Silvio...

  • *Bollore clashes with Berlusconis over Italy's Mediaset. PARIS, Aug 12- When French tycoon Vincent Bollore backed out of a deal to buy the pay-TV business of Italian broadcaster Mediaset, and instead proposed to take a large slice of the parent company itself, investors feared he was plotting another stealth raid. The family of former Italian premier Silvio...

  • MILAN, Aug 5- A deal to sell Italian soccer club AC Milan to a consortium of Chinese investors is likely to be signed later on Friday, three sources close to the matter said, ending former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's three decades of ownership. The source added at the time that the group of investors was headed by private investment firm GSR Capital and...

  • MILAN, Aug 3- RCS MediaGroup's CEO and chairman quit on Wednesday, allowing top shareholder Urbano Cairo to take the helm after winning a battle for control of the Milan- based publisher. RCS, which publishes Italy's top-selling daily Corriere della Sera, is seen as an influential asset in a country where newspapers still shape the political and economic debate.

  • MILAN, Aug 3- RCS MediaGroup's CEO and chairman quit on Wednesday, allowing top shareholder Urbano Cairo to take the helm after winning a battle for control of the Milan- based publisher. RCS, which publishes Italy's top-selling daily Corriere della Sera, is seen as an influential asset in a country where newspapers still shape the political and economic debate.

  • *Vivendi confirms it now only wants 20 pct of pay TV. MILAN/ PARIS, July 26- French tycoon Vincent Bollore has backed away from a deal to buy the pay-TV business of Silvio Berlusconi's Mediaset in an unexpected move that the Italian broadcaster's biggest shareholder said could lead to a full takeover. Fininvest, the Berlusconi holding company that owns 35 percent...

  • MILAN, July 26- Vivendi has backed away from a deal to buy the pay-TV business of Mediaset in an unexpected move the Italian broadcaster's biggest shareholder said could mean that a full takeover was on the agenda. Mediaset, controlled by the family of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, said on Tuesday Vivendi had proposed an alternative...

  • 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.

  • ROME, July 5- Italy's bank shares plunged on Tuesday, shaking the financial foundations of the euro zone's third-largest economy and threatening contagion to other EU nations. The crisis could push Italy back into recession and, in a doomsday scenario, generate a Greek-type meltdown that Europe would find almost impossible to contain. "Italy faces a severe...

  • ROME, July 5- Italy's bank shares plunged on Tuesday, shaking the financial foundations of the euro zone's third-largest economy and threatening contagion to other EU nations. The crisis could push Italy back into recession and, in a doomsday scenario, generate a Greece- type meltdown that Europe would find almost impossible to contain. "Italy faces a severe...

  • MILAN, July 5- Italian tycoon and former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Tuesday he was close to sealing a deal to sell Italian soccer club AC Milan to a Chinese consortium. The Berlusconi family's Fininvest holding company, which owns AC Milan, entered exclusive talks with the consortium in early May. "I have accepted the valuation for the club proposed...

  • Italy's justice system has long been one of the most dysfunctional in Europe, especially when it comes to alleged white-collar criminals like Verdini. That's partly because legal cases take so long in Italy. But it is also because Italy is unique in Europe: Its statute of limitations starts from the moment an alleged crime is committed rather than from the point...

  • MILAN, June 14- Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi had open heart surgery at the age of 79 on Tuesday, an operation his doctors described as a success and which his supporters greeted as a sign that he could soon return to the political fray. He underwent a four-hour operation at Milan's private San Raffaele hospital to replace a defective aortic...

  • *Berlusconi in intensive care after 4- hour operation. MILAN, June 14- Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi had open heart surgery at the age of 79 on Tuesday, an operation his family described as a success and his supporters greeted as a sign that he could soon return to the political fray. He underwent a four-hour operation at Milan's private San...

  • MILAN, June 14- Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi had heart surgery on Tuesday and a source from his party said the operation went well. An official at Milan's San Raffaele hospital said the four-time premier would remain in intensive care for 48 hours and that he would be sedated at least until Wednesday. His personal doctor, Alberto Zangrillo,...

  • MILAN, June 14- Heart surgery on former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to replace a defective aortic valve went well, a source from his Forza Italia party said on Tuesday. The 79- year-old centre-right leader and media mogul was admitted to hospital last week suffering from what his doctors called a cardiac deficiency. La Repubblica newspaper quoted a source...

  • MILAN, June 14- Italian surgeons began a four-hour heart operation on former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi on Tuesday to replace a defective aortic valve, a hospital statement said. The surgery started at 8 a.m. local time, the statement added. The 79- year-old centre-right leader and media mogul was admitted to hospital last week suffering from what his...