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Politics Silvio Berlusconi

  • 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...

  • The pay-TV unit, Premium, has struggled to make a return on its large investments in Champions League and Italian Serie A soccer matches, and has been losing market share to its major competitor, Sky. Premium loses its TV rights to broadcast Champions League matches in Italy from the second half of 2018. At the presentation, Chief Executive Pier Silvio Berlusconi...

  • MILAN, June 28- Italy's Mediaset approved a share buyback program on Wednesday which will allow the Italian broadcaster to shield itself from any hostile takeover as a dispute with France's Vivendi simmers. Mediaset is controlled by the family of former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi with a 39.53 percent stake, but media giant Vivendi became its second...

  • ROME, June 27- He is an 80- year-old convicted criminal whose last government ended with Italy on the brink of bankruptcy- and he may well be kingmaker at the next election within a year. Matteo Renzi, leader of the ruling Democratic Party, and Beppe Grillo's anti-establishment 5- Star Movement have dominated the national scene in recent years, relegating Forza...

  • *Results are setback for ruling Democratic Party. ROME, June 25- Italy's centre-right parties were the big winners in mayoral elections on Sunday, partial results showed, in a vote likely to put pressure on the centre-left government ahead of national elections due in less than a year. The candidate backed by the anti-immigrant Northern League and Silvio...

  • *Results are setback for ruling Democratic Party. ROME, June 25- Italy's center-right parties were the big winners in mayoral elections on Sunday, partial results showed, in a vote likely to put pressure on the center-left government ahead of national elections due in less than a year. The candidate backed by the anti-immigrant Northern League and Silvio...

  • ROME, June 25- Italy's centre-right parties performed strongly in mayoral elections on Sunday, early results showed, in a vote likely to put pressure on the centre-left government ahead of national elections due in less than a year. The candidate backed by the anti-immigrant Northern League and Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia party will get around 54...

  • ROME, June 25- Italy's center-right parties performed strongly in mayoral elections on Sunday, early results showed, in a vote likely to put pressure on the center-left government ahead of national elections due in less than a year. The candidate backed by the anti-immigrant Northern League and Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia party will get around 54...

  • ROME, June 25- People in more than 100 Italian towns and cities voted on Sunday to pick municipal mayors in a run-off ballot that could bolster centre-right parties ahead of a national election due in less than a year. Anti-European sentiment has increased in the country in the past few years, fuelled by EU-imposed austerity policies and the waves of migrants...

  • ROME, June 25- People in more than 100 Italian towns and cities voted on Sunday to pick municipal mayors in a run-off ballot that could bolster center-right parties ahead of a national election due in less than a year. Anti-European sentiment has increased in the country in the past few years, fueled by EU-imposed austerity policies and the waves of migrants...

  • 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.

  • 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.