Silvio Berlusconi en Turin, home of Fiat, could be the next Detroit if the auto industry moves on <p> A battle between Fiat and its employees&#39; unions captures the attention of all Italy, which fears its manufacturing base will disappear.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Labor Union Manufacturing Silvio Berlusconi Turin Europe Global Economy Italy Wed, 23 Feb 2011 11:07:00 +0000 Alessandro Speciale 5626146 at Is Libya using Italian equipment to strafe protesters? <p> From Finmeccanica to Juventus, Libya has invested in Italian businesses.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Dictators Libya Muammar Gaddafi Silvio Berlusconi World Leaders Business Europe Politics Italy Thu, 24 Feb 2011 11:29:00 +0000 Alessandro Speciale 5626354 at Berlusconi's Libya conundrum <p> ROME, Italy &mdash; The crisis has revealed the weakness of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, whose political allies are balking at the military action.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab Spring Libya Muammar Gaddafi Silvio Berlusconi Umberto Bossi World Leaders Conflict Zones Europe Politics Italy Tue, 22 Mar 2011 15:05:51 +0000 Alessandro Speciale 5632453 at Italy's Berlusconi appears in court over fraud allegations <p> In a television interview ahead of the hearing, the Italian premier dismissed charges against him as &quot;ridiculous and groundless.&quot;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Silvio Berlusconi Europe Italy Mon, 28 Mar 2011 10:56:10 +0000 News Desk 5633683 at To understand Silvio Berlusconi, look at his political godfather: Bettino Craxi <p> ROME &mdash; For more than a decade, the names Craxi and Berlusconi were intertwined.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Silvio Berlusconi World Leaders Europe Politics Italy Fri, 15 Apr 2011 16:25:50 +0000 Eric J. Lyman 5637732 at Italian voters run out of sympathy for Berlusconi <p> ROME &mdash; Voters rejected Berlusconi&rsquo;s favored candidate on what is basically his own doorstep.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Silvio Berlusconi World Leaders Elections Europe Politics Italy Sat, 04 Jun 2011 10:42:07 +0000 Alessandro Speciale 5649042 at Beach reading: Berlusconi and Amanda Knox <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Two great dead-wood articles probe Italy's seedy underbelly. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> David Case </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Italy. Steeped in history. Great food. Fine fashion. Cool cars. World-class cities. A carpe-diem culture and the world&#39;s eleventh biggest economy.</p> <p> What could possibly be wrong with Italy?</p> <p> Two fantastic features, in July issues of Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone, take stock Italy&#39;s biggest international media stories of the moment. Both are can&#39;t-put-it-down page turners.</p> <p> If you&#39;re interested in Italy, or if your just looking for a good yarn, read them. You may even miss classic old-fashion, dead-wood, long-form journalism &mdash; reporting that really matters.</p> <p> Rolling Stone <a href="">tackles the Amanda Knox saga</a>, in nail-biting detail. Writer Nathaniel Rich deftly unpacks the story, arguing that there&#39;s essentially no evidence that Knox killed her roomate, the &quot;beautiful, bubbly&quot; British exchange student Meredith Kercher.</p> <p> Rather than a participant in a &quot;satanic ritual orgy&quot; as the prosecutor hypothesized and journalists dutifully repeated, Rich contends that Knox was just a doe-eyed ingenue, a privileged kid from Seattle Prep who even under interrogation, couldn&#39;t admit that her Italian wasn&#39;t all that fluent. She stumbled into the claws of clueless and despicable law enforcement officials who desperately needed to solve the November 2007 murder that had become tabloid fodder. Rich points out that this is hardly the first time that this particular prosecutor has played the satan card. The piece will make you cringe for the ordeal Knox and her family have endured during her incarceration. And it dutifully eviscerates the Italian justice system.</p> <p> Meanwhile, in <a href="">&quot;La Dolce Viagra&quot;, Vanity Fair</a> takes on Silvio Berlusconi&#39;s latest trip to court, on charges that he paid a under-aged girl for sex. The lead sets the tone brilliantly:</p> <p class="rteindent1"> &quot;The emperor Caligula is said to have made his horse a senator. Pope Alexander VI made his illegitimate teenage son an archbishop. In Italy today, Silvio Berlusconi has given the post of a regional deputy for Lombardy (Italy&rsquo;s wealthiest and most populous region) to Nicole Minetti, a 26-year-old super-babe currently charged with procuring prostitutes for the prime minister.&quot;</p> <p> And Minetti is hardly alone. Berlusconi has famously made a habit of converting pin-up girls and sex symbols into politicians: &quot;I&#39;m like Prince Charming,&quot; Berlusconi said, according to the article. &quot;They were pumpkins and I turned them into parliamentarians.&quot;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Silvio Berlusconi Macro Fri, 08 Jul 2011 20:32:00 +0000 David Case 5669937 at As bond markets target Italy, where is Berlusconi? <p> ROME &mdash; Berlusconi did not appear in public to reassure international investors that Italy would avoid a Greek-style crisis.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> euro zone crisis European Union Silvio Berlusconi World Leaders Debt Crisis Europe Italy Tue, 12 Jul 2011 17:36:50 +0000 Alessandro Speciale 5670271 at Europe: A very bad day all around <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Around the continent bad news keeps knocking markets and people who work for governments </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Goldfarb </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Bad things come in threes, my mother always said. Here are three from yesterday:</p> <p> <strong>1. Italy </strong></p> <p> The country had its credit rating downgraded by Moodys three notches with a negative outlook for the future. For all the complaints about the agencies and their criteria for these pronouncements they can still shape perception about a nation&#39;s creditworthiness. The fear has to be that interest rates on Italian bonds will continue to rise, although Moody&#39;s report indicates that Italy in likely to default.</p> <p> According to La Repubblica the downgrade comes &quot;in part from risk derived from economic and political uncertainty.&quot; The focus on Italy&#39;s political uncertainty is a reminder that the bunga-bunga parties of Silvio Berlusconi are more than tabloid entertainment ... they have an effect on Italy&#39;s global economic position.</p> <p> The BBC quoted <a href="">Emma Marcegaglia</a>, the head of Italy&#39;s leading industrial association, Confindustria, on the matter of Berlusconi and the ratings downgrade</p> <p> &quot;We are a serious country and we are fed up at becoming the laughing stock of the world.&quot;</p> <p> When Italy has to start paying interest rates over 6% (nudging in that direction since last week) on its bonds it won&#39;t be very funny.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BeNeLux Cat Dexia Europe Greece Italy Silvio Berlusconi Spain Theresa May France Europe Italy Spain United Kingdom Europa Wed, 05 Oct 2011 08:54:00 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5676875 at Italy's Silvio Berlusconi wins confidence vote <p> Berlusconi, 75, has faced a series of scandals in recent months. Among his most recent gaffes are making vulgar comments about his party, the PDL, which he suggested should be renamed with an Italian slang term for female genitalia.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Silvio Berlusconi World Leaders Politics Italy Fri, 14 Oct 2011 14:38:38 +0000 News Desk 5677945 at Infighting dogs Europe's leader as they search for a way out of euro crisis Sarkkozy and Merkel gang up on Berlusconi at EU summit<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Angela Merkel David Cameron euro zone crisis Home Nicolas Sarkozy Silvio Berlusconi France Europe Germany Italy United Kingdom Europa GlobalPost Blogs Mon, 24 Oct 2011 13:49:00 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5678989 at Italy: Austerity, Berlusconi-style <p> ROME &mdash; One measure deals with a TV tax. Another appears aimed at Berlusconi&#39;s estranged second wife.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Debt Crisis euro zone crisis Silvio Berlusconi World Leaders Debt Crisis Italy Wed, 26 Oct 2011 16:50:00 +0000 Alessandro Speciale 5679282 at Europe: News round-up <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> While Greek crisis rumbles here's news on earthquakes in England, firebombs in Paris, and Silvio Berlusconi's next career. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Goldfarb </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> There&#39;s more to going on in Europe than the renewed Greek crisis. Here&#39;s a round-up</p> <p> <strong>Charlie Hebdo ... feel better now?</strong></p> <p> The offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris were firebombed yesterday. The weekly published an edition &quot;guest edited by Muhammad&quot; to mock the victory of the moderate Islamist An-Nadha party in Tunisia&#39;s elections two weeks ago. It also changed its name from Charlie to Sharia Hebdo (the &quot;ch&quot; is pronounced sh in French so the pun works.) Ho-Ho-ho</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> An-Nadha Charlie Hebdo Cuadrilla Resources firebombing fracking Home Paul Krugman Silvio Berlusconi Tusnisian elections France Europe Italy United Kingdom Europa Thu, 03 Nov 2011 09:20:31 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5680155 at Italy comes under bond market pressure as Berlusconi clings to power Italian bond yields soar into the danger zone as Silvio Berlusconi clings to power<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> anti-Semitism Corriere della Serra Demos Europe far-right George Papandreou Greece Home Italy muslim immigrants Silvio Berlusconi Europe Italy United Kingdom Europa GlobalPost Blogs Mon, 07 Nov 2011 10:22:38 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5680498 at Italy: Berlusconi denies resignation rumors <p> The speculation came as Berlusconi prepares to face a crunch vote on public finances, which could show that the Italian PM no longer holds a parliamentary majority.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Silvio Berlusconi World Leaders Debt Crisis Europe Politics Global Economy Italy Mon, 07 Nov 2011 13:30:00 +0000 News Desk 5680509 at