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Politics Silvio Berlusconi


  • Italian President Giorgio Napolitano

    Napolitano rescued Italy in 2011 by replacing Berlusconi with technocrat Mario Monti. Italy's fate once again depends on the man affectionately known as "King George."

  • Italy's Letta Wins French Backing for Focus on Growth Thursday, 2 May 2013 | 2:08 AM ET

    Italy's new Prime Minister Enrico Letta won French backing on Wednesday for calls to spur economic growth alongside budget rigor.

  • Italy's Prime Minister Wins Confidence Vote Monday, 29 Apr 2013 | 11:25 PM ET
    New Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta

    Italy's new Prime Minister Enrico Letta won his first vote of confidence in parliament on Monday after promising to press for a change to the European Union's focus on austerity.

  • Italy Will Die From Austerity Alone: Prime Minister Monday, 29 Apr 2013 | 11:19 AM ET

    Italy must focus on reviving its economy and it will lobby its European partners to obtain more growth-oriented policies at the EU level, new Prime Minister Enrico Letta said in his maiden speech to parliament on Monday.

  • Italy Government Could Be Agreed Saturday: Sources Friday, 26 Apr 2013 | 9:31 AM ET

    Italian prime minister-designate Enrico Letta could announce a new government on Saturday and go before parliament to spell out its program early next week, political sources said on Friday.

  • Has the Status Quo Returned to Italy? Thursday, 25 Apr 2013 | 1:40 AM ET
    Has the Status Quo Returned to Italy?

    David Lea, senior analyst at Control Risks, tells CNBC in the long game Beppe Grillo may be empowered as the only opposition in Italy but in the short-term he is out in the cold.

  • Italy's President Invites Letta to Form Government Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 | 7:03 AM ET

    President Giorgio Napolitano has given Enrico Letta, deputy head of the center-left Democratic Party (PD), a mandate to try to form a new government, according to news wires on Wednesday.

  • Italy's Napolitano Could Name New PM Today Tuesday, 23 Apr 2013 | 11:51 AM ET
    Italian President Giorgio Napolitano

    Italy's president held urgent talks on Tuesday aimed at naming a prime minister to head a coalition government and end two months of post-election stalemate.

  • For Italy, Maybe Some Order From all the Chaos Sunday, 21 Apr 2013 | 5:14 PM ET
    Victor Emmanuel II Monument in Rome, Italy.

    The re-election of Italy's president has raised the prospect of an end to the stalemate that followed the general election, with a move to form a government foreseen within days.

  • Berlusconi Calls for Broad Government or Early Vote Friday, 5 Apr 2013 | 8:04 AM ET
    Silvio Berlusconi

    Buoyed by new opinion polls showing a lead for his center-right coalition, Berlusconi said on Friday Italy must return to the polls quickly unless the center left agrees to govern with him.

  • Italy Still Far From Government, New Elections Loom Wednesday, 27 Mar 2013 | 2:13 AM ET

    A new Italian government is still a long way off and the country may be headed for fresh elections, a senior official of Silvio Berlusconi's center-right party said.

  • Pier Luigi Bersani, leader of Italy's Democratic Party

    Italian parties reacted skeptically on Friday to center-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani's call for a government backed by all political forces, complicating efforts to end the stalemate left by last month's election.

  • Court Rules Hospitalised Berlusconi Can Attend Trial Sunday, 10 Mar 2013 | 5:45 AM ET
    Silvio Berlusconi

    Milan court doctors ruled on Saturday that Silvio Berlusconi was able to attend a tax fraud appeal, rejecting the former prime minister's complaint that an eye condition prevented him leaving hospital.

  • Berlusconi Sentenced to Jail in Wiretap Trial Thursday, 7 Mar 2013 | 8:14 AM ET
    Silvio Berlusconi

    An Italian court sentenced Silvio Berlusconi on Thursday to one year in jail over the publication by his newspaper of a transcript of a leaked wiretap.

  • Silvio Berlusconi

    Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is under investigation on suspicion of bribing a senator to change sides in parliament, deepening the legal troubles of one of the key players in the country's post-election deadlock.

  • Austrian architect Wolf Prix of CooP Himmelblau gestures during a media tour of the the new European Central Bank (ECB) headquarters on September 20, 2012 in Frankfurt, Germany.

    A dramatic anti-austerity vote leaves Italy lying outside the fortress the European Central Bank constructed around the euro zone last September.

  • No Majority Possible in Italy: Expert Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 | 2:30 AM ET
    No Majority Possible in Italy: Expert

    Alberto Martinelli, professor of Political Science at Universita' La Statale, tells CNBC there is no majority possible in Italy even with Mario Monti.

  • Italian Voters Have a Sense of Humour: Expert Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 | 2:00 AM ET
    Italian Voters Have a Sense of Humour: Expert

    Alberto Mingardi, director general at the Bruno Leoni Institute, tells CNBC that Italians voted against un-credible policy proposals and went for the entertainment.

  • Italy's Political Limbo Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 | 1:03 AM ET
    Italy's Political Limbo

    After an election that left no party with a clear majority, Steve Sedgwick asks what is next for Italy.

  • Italian Elections Hitting US Investors Monday, 25 Feb 2013 | 3:13 PM ET
    Italian Elections Hitting US Investors

    The Italian election is likely to be inconclusive and require another round, reports CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera. Discussing the election's impact on the markets, with Peter Schiff, Euro Pacific Capital CEO and Michael Farr, Farr, Miller & Washington.