Antonio Polito: Berlusconi survives because opposition is unelectable

My British friends ask me how it is possible, with the scandal engulfing Berlusconi, that he did not lose the election? There are many reasons for this, all difficult to explain to a non-Italian.

Peter Popham: So, busty Berlusconi babe or ignoramus?

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Rome mayor set to name street after fascist

True to his Fascist roots, the newly elected Mayor of Rome Gianni Alemanno has said he intends naming a street in the city after Giorgio Almirante, the first leader of the Movimento Sociale Italiano (MSI), the party that took up Fascism in 1946 where Mussolini had left off.

Ivor Roberts: Is Berlusconi the saviour that Italy so badly needs?

Silvio Berlusconi has redefined post-war Italian politics, roundly defeating the new leader of the centre-left – the popular, 52 year-old, outgoing Rome mayor Walter Veltroni, who is described in the US press as the Italian Barack Obama. To win a third election at the age of 71 begins to smack of Gladstone.

Leading article: An unwelcome return

For those who despair of the Italian political system – and they include many of the country's own citizens – Silvio Berlusconi's emergence as the apparent victor of the general election can only serve to fulfil their worst apprehensions. After barely two years in the political wilderness, the man who was widely dismissed as representative of the worst aspects of traditional Italian politics, a businessman who had used his wealth to buy up the media, his position to avoid prosecution on corruption charges and his political command to alter the electoral laws in his own favour, seems on the exit poll results at least to be coming back to power.

Berlusconi returns to power thanks to 'post-Fascist' ally

Silvio Berlusconi celebrated a comeback triumph last night, putting him back in charge of the world's seventh biggest economy for a third term as the centre-left failed to summon the unity to stop him.

'Acceptable face' of fascism may cost Berlusconi victory

Italy's only woman candidate for PM emerges as the revelation of the election campaign, as she attacks the media magnate's chauvinism head on

Leading article: The return of a political comedian

Election campaigns are never dull affairs when Silvio Berlusconi is involved. Ever happy to play the role of political comedian, the former Italian prime minister guarantees voters exuberant and shrill electioneering. But the possible return to power of Mr Berlusconi is no laughing matter at a time when Italy faces a series of deep-rooted problems.

Berlusconi seizes the initiative by enlarging his Italian alliance

Two months away from a general election forced on the country by the collapse of Romano Prodi's unwieldy coalition, the left and right in Italy were doing their best yesterday to make a virtue of necessity and bring some coherence to a fragmented political scene in chaos.

Italian left faces uphill struggle

Italy is to hold a general election on 13 and 14 April, three years ahead of schedule and only two years after the last one, President Giorgio Napolitano announced.

Italy set for polls as bid to change electoral law fails

Italy was bracing for a spring general election last night after prime minister-designate Franco Marini told the head of state that, in four days of consultations with political parties, he had been unable to obtain a consensus for a "technical government" to change the electoral law.

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