Silvio Berlusconi's sex-for-hire trial enters final stages

Former Premier Silvio Berlusconi's sex-for-hire trial has entered its final stage with a Milan prosecutor making long-delayed closing arguments.

Silvio Berlusconi’s four-year prison sentence was reinstated

Silvio Berlusconi faces parliamentary ban after tax fraud conviction is upheld

Three-time premier Silvio Berlusconi's endless legal woes have deepened considerably after a Milan appeals court confirmed his conviction for tax fraud - and raised the possibility that he will be forced to leave parliament.

Giulio Andreotti has died, aged 94

Seven-time premier Giulio Andreotti dies aged 94

Known for shady links with the mafia, he helped draft the country's post-war constitution

Enrico Letta has said his coalition will ease up on austerity in order to drag the pivotal eurozone economy out of its downward spiral

'Italy is dying from austerity alone': Italy’s Prime Minister Enrico Letta wins confidence vote for new government

Premier Enrico Letta said his coalition will ease up on austerity in order to drag the pivotal eurozone economy out of its downward spiral of recession and job losses. In his first speech to parliament as Prime Minister on Monday, Mr Letta said: “Italy is dying from austerity alone. Growth policies cannot wait.”

Enrico Letta

New Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta to seek backing of parliament, as vote of confidence in the coalition takes place in the shadow of Rome gun attacks

Vote comes the day after an unemployed man shot two police officers and a passer-by outside the Prime Minister's office

Postcard from... Milan

Italy might be going off the rails but, appropriately, the colourful metaphors keep coming. The anti-establishment politician Beppe Grillo has likened the new emergency government – an unholy alliance of left and right – to a “bunga bunga orgy” with “everyone in passive roles apart from the Bunga bunga master” – a reference to the three-times premier Silvio Berlusconi and his notorious adult soirées.

Enrico Letta nominated as Italy's new prime minister

Former deputy leader of the centre-left Democratic party to form new government

Giorgio Napolitano was re-elected as Italy's President

Giorgio Napolitano re-elected Italy's president until he is 94

Italy's Parliament yesterday re-elected Giorgio Napolitano to an unprecedented second term as president, after party leaders persuaded the 87-year-old to serve again in hopes of easing the hostility that has thwarted formation of a new government. Napolitano, who will, if he serves out the term, be nearly 95 when it ends, easily surpassed the simple majority required to be elected Saturday afternoon. He gathered 738 votes, far more than the 504 needed for victory for another seven-year mandate.

'The process is useless and let's hope Berlusconi leaves the Italians in peace': Radio hoax on political sage looks to have scuppered plan to end government deadlock

Valerio Onida was duped by Radio 24 into thinking he was talking in confidence to the famous scientist Margherita Hack

Berlusconi fights for his political life as Italian deadlock raises fresh euro fears

Prospect of new elections in eurozone’s most  indebted economy just one month after last poll

President Giorgio Napolitano (left) may choose the newly-appointed speaker of the Senate, Pietro Grasso (right) to be a stop-gap PM

Italian president Giorgio Napolitano set to appoint new stop-gap prime minister

Italy looks set to get another stop-gap prime minister with the centre-left failing to get the backing of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) to form a government.

Editorial: Italy shows how the tide has turned against elites

If these results do not shake Europe out of its apathy, then perhaps nothing will

Silvio Berlusconi has actually talked some sense – but he terrifies the markets

The view is that Mr Berlusconi would undo all the good work that Mr Monti  has done

AC Milan's Mario Balotelli is reported to have suffered racist abuse from Inter fans

Another race row for Italian football: Mario Balotelli 'victim of racial abuse' in Milan derby

Inter Milan could face a fine of at least €15,000 after latest incident of racism in Serie A

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