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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.
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.
A population fed up with corrupt and self-serving politics produced this astonishing result, and the parallels with our national situation are clear
Elsa Fornero, an academic whose job it was to modernise a rigid labour market, tells Michael Day what went wrong
Italy and Europe were tonight bracing themselves for a general election and the real possibility that the scandal-plagued billionaire Silvio Berlusconi could become prime minister for a fourth time.
Former bastion of homophobia has overtaken north on equality, says Milanese newspaper
The former President became a figure of ridicule and spawned a thousand other crooks
Documents tell tales of Vatican scandals, spies and secret societies, trial of Paolo Gabriele told
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.
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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 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.
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.
Premier hopes late surge will beat vital no-confidence motion
Establishment tries to rehabilitate memory of Berlusconi's disgraced mentor
Premier to remain in hospital for 25 days after losing 'half a litre of blood'