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Politics Silvio Berlusconi

  • MILAN— Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi threw his political weight behind a non-binding referendum on autonomy in his native region of Lombardy— though he said Wednesday he wasn't sure whether he can vote himself. Berlusconi joined Roberto Maroni, president of the prosperous Lombardy region, to show his support for its autonomy.

  • Now, votes in Germany and Austria and uncertainty over the Spanish region of Catalonia are reviving concerns about the unity of the bloc. In Germany, the anti-immigration and anti-euro Alternative for Germany received almost 13 percent of September's national vote, putting it in parliament for the first time. "Even though Austria is highly integrated and...

  • PRAGUE, Oct 13- Czech voters look set to hand leadership in next week's election to tough-talking billionaire Andrej Babis, a populist ready to take on Brussels but without the burden of ideology that has dragged Poland and Hungary into deep rifts with the European Union. He has distanced himself from right-wing conservatives such as Poland's Jaroslaw...

  • PRAGUE, Oct 13- Czech voters look set to hand leadership in next week's election to tough-talking billionaire Andrej Babis, a populist ready to take on Brussels but without the burden of ideology that has dragged Poland and Hungary into deep rifts with the European Union. He has distanced himself from right-wing conservatives such as Poland's Jaroslaw...

  • MILAN, Oct 10- The head of the European parliament has challenged the European Central Bank over how new guidelines for bank bad loans are being set, escalating a row between Italy and the ECB over the proposed measures. Italy- whose banks hold nearly 30 percent of the bloc's 915 billion euros in bad loans- has reacted angrily to the proposals, asking the ECB to soften...

  • ROME, Oct 8- Italy's traditional political parties have pledged to back a new electoral law this week that is seen penalising the anti-establishment 5- Star Movement ahead of next year's national election. "The only aim is to allow others to gang up on us," 5- Star lawmaker Danilo Toninelli said on Sunday, a day after a parliamentary committee signed off on the new...

  • PARIS, Oct 5- Police raided the headquarters of French media giant Vivendi on Thursday as part of an investigation into alleged market abuse involving its purchase of a stake in Italian TV group Mediaset, Vivendi said. The offices of French bank Natixis in Paris were also being searched, an Italian source with direct knowledge of the matter said.

  • PARIS, Oct 5- Police raided the headquarters of French media group Vivendi on Thursday as part of an investigation into alleged market abuse involving its purchase of a stake in Italy's Mediaset, a Vivendi spokesman said. The offices of French bank Natixis in Paris were also being searched, an Italian source with direct knowledge of the matter said.

  • Take, for example, resurgent Germany. It is even clearer in Japan, where unemployment this year has fallen to a more than 20- year low of just 2.8 percent. "Everything tells us the labour market is tight in Japan," said Mark Williams, chief Asia economist at Capital Economics.

  • Take, for example, resurgent Germany. It is even clearer in Japan, where unemployment this year has fallen to a more than 20- year low of just 2.8 percent. "Everything tells us the labor market is tight in Japan," said Mark Williams, chief Asia economist at Capital Economics.

  • Take, for example, resurgent Germany. It is even clearer in Japan, where unemployment this year has fallen to a more than 20- year low of just 2.8 percent. "Everything tells us the labor market is tight in Japan," said Mark Williams, chief Asia economist at Capital Economics.

  • Take, for example, resurgent Germany. It is even clearer in Japan, where unemployment this year has fallen to a more than 20- year low of just 2.8 percent. "Everything tells us the labour market is tight in Japan," said Mark Williams, chief Asia economist at Capital Economics.

  • *Italy's opposition parties rowing back from euro exit. ROME, Sept 8- Italy's main opposition parties are replacing their calls to leave the euro with apparently less radical proposals to flank it with a new currency they say can boost growth and jobs. Three of Italy's four largest parties- the anti-establishment 5- Star Movement, the right-wing Northern League...

  • *Italy's opposition parties rowing back from euro exit. ROME, Sept 8- Italy's main opposition parties are replacing their calls to leave the euro with apparently less radical proposals to flank it with a new currency they say can boost growth and jobs. Three of Italy's four largest parties- the anti-establishment 5- Star Movement, the right-wing Northern League...

  • *Italy, Portugal yields set to end week up 8-12 bps. *Focus returns to Italy political risks, ECB tapering. A sell-off in southern European bonds that began with Italy earlier this week spread to Portugal, where the premium investors demand for holding 10- year bonds over German peers rose to its highest level in five weeks.

  • *Italy yield jumps 9 bps to three-week high. LONDON, Aug 22- Italian government bond yields jumped on Tuesday, stretching the gap with German peers to a five-week high, in the wake of proposals to introduce a parallel currency in Italy that have upped the ante for elections due next year. The report highlights concerns about broader anti-euro sentiment in Italy, the...

  • *Italy yield jumps 8 bps to three-week high. LONDON, Aug 22- Italian government bond yields jumped on Tuesday, stretching the gap with German peers to a five-week high, in the wake of proposals to introduce a parallel currency in Italy that have upped the ante for elections due next year. The report highlights concerns about broader anti-euro sentiment in Italy, the...

  • LONDON, Aug 22- Germany's 10- year government bond yield was stuck near one-week lows on Tuesday ahead of a gathering of top central bankers later this week that could shed more on light on the direction for monetary policy. Bund yields have fallen back from 18- month highs hit in July-- shortly after comments from European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi were seen...

  • PARIS, Aug 7- French media giant Vivendi said on Monday it has no "de facto control" over Telecom Italia under Italian law. Italy's government is looking into whether Vivendi breached an obligation to notify Rome of its "direction" role at Telecom Italia, a company considered a strategic national asset. In an interview with newspaper La Stampa last month, the...

  • MILAN/ PARIS, July 24- France's Vivendi has tightened its grip on Telecom Italia by removing its CEO Flavio Cattaneo and paving the way for a joint venture between its own pay-TV Canal+ and the Italian group, in a boost to the French firm's ambitions to become a southern European media powerhouse. Telecom Italia said late on Monday after a board meeting that...