The Senate committee has recommended Berlusconi be expelled from parliament

Silvio Berlusconi should be expelled from parliament, says Italian Senate committee

Cross-party group voted in favour of barring him from upper chamber

Italy's Prime Minister Enrico Letta (right) and Interior minister Angelino Alfano

Italy political crisis: Emergency talks aim to save Enrico Letta's coalition from Berlusconi exit

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The collapse of Italy’s fragile coalition government appears to have moved a step closer with centre-left prime minister Enrico Letta warning Silvio Berlusconi’s conservatives that he would not “blackmailed” as they try to prevent the criminal tycoon from being kicked out of parliament.

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Silvio Berlusconi’s four-year prison sentence was reinstated

Silvio Berlusconi faces parliamentary ban after tax fraud conviction is upheld

Three-time premier Silvio Berlusconi's endless legal woes have deepened considerably after a Milan appeals court confirmed his conviction for tax fraud - and raised the possibility that he will be forced to leave parliament.

Enrico Letta nominated as Italy's new prime minister

Former deputy leader of the centre-left Democratic party to form new government

Postcard from... Italy

You’d think the people running things in Italy were deliberating over whom to vote for in the student union by their behaviour – not choosing the head of state in G8 country, which has failed to swear in a government two months after a general election.

Odd couple: Beppe Grillo enjoys the limelight, whereas his partner, Gianroberto Casaleggio, is more elusive

Italy's web politicians post their dystopic vision

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Berlusconi fights for his political life as Italian deadlock raises fresh euro fears

Prospect of new elections in eurozone’s most  indebted economy just one month after last poll

President Giorgio Napolitano (left) may choose the newly-appointed speaker of the Senate, Pietro Grasso (right) to be a stop-gap PM

Italian president Giorgio Napolitano set to appoint new stop-gap prime minister

Italy looks set to get another stop-gap prime minister with the centre-left failing to get the backing of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) to form a government.

Pier Bersani has been unable to form a government

Italy's would-be Prime Minister Pier Luigi Bersani says job is 'only for mentally ill'

Italy’s would-be Prime Minister has said that “only a mentally ill person” would want the job right now, as the eurozone’s third biggest democracy continues to tie itself in knots.

5SM leader Beppe Grillo

Beppe Grillo: Northern Europe waiting to drop Italy like a hot potato

The head of the protest movement that stunned Italy’s political establishment by snatching a quarter of the vote in last month’s general election has spelt out his Eurosceptic credentials, with comments that will send shivers up the spine of other eurozone members.

Beppe Grillo's success in the Italian election is a victory for clean hands. We should learn from it

A population fed up with corrupt and self-serving politics produced this astonishing result, and the parallels with our national situation are clear

Editorial: Italy shows how the tide has turned against elites

If these results do not shake Europe out of its apathy, then perhaps nothing will

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