Riots in Rome as Berlusconi wins confidence vote

Riot police clashed with protesters last night in Rome's worst violence for years after Italy's tainted Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi narrowly won a confidence vote that saved his government from collapse.

Berlusconi's fate could hang by a single vote

Premier hopes late surge will beat vital no-confidence motion

Resignation blow for Berlusconi

One of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's best-known ministers said she will resign after confidence votes next month that could trigger elections.

Berlusconi faces spring vote as Fini rebels resign

The rebel group that has challenged Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi pulled out of his struggling centre-right government yesterday, heightening prospects of early elections in the coming months.

Political rival demands Berlusconi's resignation

Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is facing calls from his most bitter political rival to resign for the good of Italy and start negotiations to form a new centre-right government.

Berlusconi avoids vote catastrophe

Silvio Berlusconi, Italy's Prime Minister, won a confidence vote last night, emerging strengthened from a test of his authority after a breakaway right-wing group backed his call for national unity.

Berlusconi calls for early election

Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's main coalition ally said early elections were the only way out of Italy's political crisis, as the premier and his estranged partners kept up an acrimonious war of words.

Berlusconi survives parliamentary test

Premier Silvio Berlusconi yesterday survived his first test in parliament since the break-up with a powerful ally, a victory that leaves his conservative government safely in place at least until after the summer.

Berlusconi falls out with top ally

Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and his main coalition partner fell into a public shouting match on yesterday, inflaming simmering tensions that threaten the stability of Italy's conservative government.

Berlusconi may try to delay elections

The Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi called an emergency cabinet meeting yesterday to try to solve the chaos threatening his coalition's chances of success in regional elections this month.

Ten years on, Italy still split over Craxi

Establishment tries to rehabilitate memory of Berlusconi's disgraced mentor

Berlusconi 'amazed' at attack but rivals blame PM for stoking violence

Premier to remain in hospital for 25 days after losing 'half a litre of blood'

Italian stallions: The sex lives of Mussolini and Berlusconi

His mistress's newly published diary reveals Benito Mussolini's lust for women – and a kiss-and-tell memoir does the same for Silvio Berlusconi. Do the similarities end there, ask Michael Day and Peter Popham

Hit & Run: So long to loft living

It's official. It's no longer fashionable to live in a loft. The monument to 1990s city living – all open plan with no bourgeois walls or middle class privacy – as popularised by Friends and Jamie Oliver – is dead.

Silvio's Teflon triumph: Berlusconi enjoys electoral success

Despite the lurid headlines, nothing seems to stick to Italy's PM – as the latest elections demonstrate
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