The Senate committee has recommended Berlusconi be expelled from parliament

Silvio Berlusconi should be expelled from parliament, says Italian Senate committee

Cross-party group voted in favour of barring him from upper chamber

Silvio Berlusconi in feverish talks with senators in Italy’s Parliament at the confidence vote

Silvio Berlusconi pulls plug on attempt to defeat coalition as his own MPs fail to back him

Former premier performs U-turn by declaring confidence in Letta government in one of the worst humiliations of his 20-year political career

Prime Minister Enrico Letta (left) shakes hands with Interior Minister Angelino Alfano

Silvio Berlusconi's former protégé seals split from the boss with two words

Angelino Alfano said he was not betraying the mogul’s legacy, but would be 'Diversamente Berlusconiano' – Berlusconi-esque in a different way

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of the People of Freedom (PDL) party reacts at the Senate, Rome

Italy Crisis: Berlusconi backs down on confidence vote

Ex-Prime Minister says he will now support the government having failed to gain the backing of his own party

The News Matrix: Tuesday 1 October 2013

Terrorist recruiter’s family home seized

Prime Minister Enrico Letta battles to save Italy from political chaos

Leader of the centre-left Democratic Party will urge moderates from Silvio Berlusconi’s party and waverers in the anti-establishment Five Star Movement of Beppe Grillo to keep the administration afloat

Financial markets rocked by US shutdown fears and political crisis in Italy

Worries over economic impact of US budget deal hits stocks

Italy's Prime Minister Enrico Letta (right) and Interior minister Angelino Alfano

Italy political crisis: Emergency talks aim to save Enrico Letta's coalition from Berlusconi exit

Premier Enrico Letta accuses People of Liberty party of 'a big lie and attempt to distort reality'

Italy’s disgraced former premier Silvio Berlusconi is appealing to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg in the hope of beating his recent tax fraud conviction

Berlusconi will fight tax fraud conviction at European Court of Human Rights

Italy’s disgraced former premier Silvio Berlusconi is appealing to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg in the hope of beating his recent tax fraud conviction, it has emerged.

Cecile Kyenge, Italy’s first black minister, has faced prejudice

Italians removing children from racially mixed schools

Classroom aversion to immigrants may reflect tensions in politics and society in general

People of Liberty party (PDL) leader Silvio Berlusconi

Berlusconi ‘paid Mafia bosses millions of euros in pact lasting decades’

Conviction for the former Italian prime minister’s long-time associate adds to mounting troubles

Michelangelo's David may allay countrymen's fears

Italy’s would-be Lotharios flock to surgeons for penis enlargement

Peer pressure means demand for the operation is up 25 per cent

The former Italian premier, Silvio Berlusconi, has called off his political attack dogs

Silvio Berlusconi lifts threat to pull plug on coalition

Former PM acts after his media company loses €150m in stock market instability

Michaela Biancofiore, left, with Silvio Berlusconi, right

Amazons will fight tooth and claw to save Silvio Berlusconi as former PM counts on close female associates

In a country that is all about tribal loyalties, he can still call on some fierce friends, says Michael Day in Milan

Enrico Letta

'We won't be blackmailed': Italy’s fragile coalition government close to collapse as centre-left prime minister Enrico Letta warns People of Freedom party that he won't buckle over Silvio Berlusconi

The collapse of Italy’s fragile coalition government appears to have moved a step closer with centre-left prime minister Enrico Letta warning Silvio Berlusconi’s conservatives that he would not “blackmailed” as they try to prevent the criminal tycoon from being kicked out of parliament.

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