Italy and Germany want transaction tax to be for whole of EU

The leaders of Italy and Germany dealt a blow to France's hopes for a financial transaction tax yesterday, indicating they could only support it if it applied to the whole European Union and not just the eurozone.

Angela Merkel believed Silvio Berlusconi's administration was not capable of dealing with the debt crisis, according to the report

Merkel under fire over phone bid to oust Berlusconi

The German chancellor Angela Merkel pressed for the removal of the former premier Silvio Berlusconi “in order to save the Euro”, according to a report that has caused a political storm in Italy.

George Osborne: Not a name that troubles the poeple of Swindon.

Lisa Markwell: Politics - the Italian way

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Lisa Markwell: An illuminating encounter with a floating voter

For complicated reasons, I found myself on a ferry in rural northern Italy this week. I struck up a conversation with a friendly middle-aged Italian lady who was travelling the same route as me and after small talk about the weather, the region and where we were both headed, the conversation turned to politics.

The business on...Francesco Guarguaglini, Former chairman, Finmeccanica

Former chairman?

Yes, he's resigned his post at the Italian defence and aerospace group amid corruption allegations that saw his board strip him of most of his powers. They went to Giuseppi Orsi, who replaced Mr Guarguaglini in April as chief executive ofFinmeccanica, and with whom he has since clashed.

Mario Monti unveiled his cabinet today

The technocrats take over in Rome

Italy will today embark on a controversial 18-month gamble to turn around its finances and rescue the euro by handing over control to an administration of entirely unelected technocrats with strong links to Brussels and international finance.

Italy's PM Mario Monti reveals his cabinet in Rome yesterday

Matio Monti gets to work with a cabinet of the unelected

Italy will embark on a controversial 18-month gamble today to improve its finances and rescue the euro by handing control to an administration of unelected technocrats with strong links to Brussels and international finance.

Mario Monti agrees to form new Italian government

Economist Mario Monti tonight agreed to try to form a new government as Italy tries to avoid financial disaster.

Berlusconi will 'absolutely not' seek new term

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said he would not run again when his term expires in 2013 and nominated Justice Minister Angelino Alfano as his successor to lead the centre right into the next election.

Marco Travaglio: ‘Mr No’ of Italian journalism

Berlusconi held the media responsible when acknowledging his defeat in last month’s local elections.

Berlusconi wins confidence vote

Silvio Berlusconi overcame coalition infighting to win a vote of confidence yesterday, his first parliamentary test since suffering two stinging electoral losses.

Voters batter Berlusconi again in law referendums

Silvio Berlusconi's already battered government last night saw voters take an axe to much of the key legislation it has introduced since the 74-year-old tycoon returned to power three years ago.

Berlusconi to run for office again

Lending weight to fears that Silvio Berlusconi will only leave politics horizontally, the Justice Minister Angelino Alfano has announced that the 74-year-old tycoon-premier will run for office again in 2013.

Berlusconi's senators try to bring fascism back to Italian politics

A group of Italian senators is pressing for a decades-old ban on Benito Mussolini's Fascist party to be lifted in a move that has provoked fierce condemnation from political opponents and Jewish leaders.

Peter Popham: Sad fact is that Italians cannot conceive of life without him

What sort of grip does the old man hold over his country? The outside world wrote Silvio Berlusconi off years ago, The Economist leading the charge with its "Unfit to govern" cover, the US embassy in Rome (we now know thanks to WikiLeaks) following up with its verdict of "feckless, vain and ineffective". But yesterday, the 74-year-old billionaire was basking in another improbable parliamentary victory.

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