Tremaglia, last February

Mirko Tremaglia: Fiercely nationalist Italian politician

Mirko Tremaglia was the last remaining human link between Italy's present-day political world and the Fascist regime of Benito Mussolini.

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.

Peter Popham: Holding leaders to account is a democratic duty

The fall of the ultimate leader of a state – his execution, conviction or simply humiliation – is a dangerous thrill. The citizens who cheered the decapitations of Charles I and Louis XVI knew all about it, the surging, anarchic sense of power and vindication. The Egyptians who this year saw a supine, inert Mubarak wheeled into court, the Libyans who saw the Brother Leader butchered in the street like a rabid dog, knew that mood of wild elation.

Italy hit with huge bill as markets lose faith

Struggling Italy was forced to pay through the nose to borrow €7bn (£6bn) for a year yesterday, as financial markets delivered a downbeat verdict on the Brussels summit.

Ms Jowell's phone was apparently targeted in 2006 when her estranged husband, David Mills, was mired in controversy over his links to former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi

News Group pay £200,00 to Tessa Jowell for NOTW hacking damages

Former Cabinet minister Tessa Jowell has accepted £200,000 in damages after her phone was targeted by the News of the World.

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.

Anti-mafia judge sets sights on Italy's corrupt officials

Italy's best-known anti-mafia judge yesterday declared war on corrupt state officials, politicians and even the Vatican, for allowing the country's most feared crime group to colonise the country's industrial heartland.

Orpheus in the Underworld, Young Vic (2/5)

Rory Bremner wishes, as do many of us, that someone would commission a new series of ‘Bremner, Bird, and Fortune’, but meanwhile he’s found a more oblique conduit for his talents.

Chris Addison: The Time Is Now Again, Dorking Halls

“Advertising slogans stick with me” says Chris Addison. The comedian isn't, however, talking about why he took on a series of much-maligned adverts for a certain insurance company, but is paraphrasing David Cameron's defence of the catchphrase “calm down, dear”, aimed at Labour's Angela Eagle, during PMQs this April.

Mario Monti promised to slash waste, corruption and privilege and crack down on tax evasion

Italian leader Mario Monti wins second confidence vote 

Italian Premier Mario Monti insisted he intended to govern until elections in 2013, urging lawmakers not to "pull the plug" before then no matter how politically painful the measures in his plan to save the country from its debt crisis.

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 announces new cabinet

Mario Monti formed a new technocrat government in Italy today to tackle a major debt crisis threatening the entire eurozone and said he hoped it would placate financial markets.

Silvio Berlusconi looking tired at the G20 Summit

Berlusconi is gone – but not in the manner we anticipated

The real surprise is the muted manner in which his political career has come to a close.

Italians celebrate the promise of a new dawn after Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi announces his resignation

Italians rejoice at Berlusconi's demise, but joy is marred by fear of cuts to come

"Victory in Italy Day" as some are calling it, saw celebrations spring up across the country. In Rome delirious crowds chucked coins at an outgoing premier, just as people had done to the disgraced former Prime Minister – and Berlusconi patron – Bettino Craxi 25 years ago.

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