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Italy's Berlusconi headed for community service

Italian prosecutors on Thursday approved a request by Silvio Berlusconi's lawyers for the three-time prime minister to do community service rather than face house arrest following a tax fraud conviction. The move came during a hearing for the billionaire tycoon in Milan that lasted nearly two hours. A spell of community service will likely spare him house arrest but a final ruling is due in the coming days. Meanwhile, his top supporter in parliament likened Berlusconi to Myanmar pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi who was under house arrest for two decades.

Italy's Berlusconi headed for community service

Italian prosecutors on Thursday approved a request by Silvio Berlusconi's lawyers for the three-time prime minister to do community service rather than face house arrest following a tax fraud conviction. The move came during a hearing for the billionaire tycoon in Milan that lasted nearly two hours. A spell of community service will likely spare him house arrest but a final ruling is due in the coming days. Meanwhile, his top supporter in parliament likened Berlusconi to Myanmar pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi who was under house arrest for two decades.

Italian court mulls community service for Berlusconi

An Italian court on Thursday began a sentencing hearing against Silvio Berlusconi which could see the three-time former prime minister and billionaire tycoon forced to do community service for nine months. Berlusconi's lawyers were seen arriving at the Milan courtroom as his top supporter in parliament likened Berlusconi to Myanmar pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi who was under house arrest for two decades.

Berlusconi braces for humiliating court hearing

Italy's Silvio Berlusconi braced for a humiliating court hearing on Thursday that will result in the three-time former prime minister temporarily losing freedom of movement although avoiding prison time. The court in Milan has to issue its ruling by April 15, deciding whether the disgraced billionaire tycoon will do community service or be placed under house arrest following a conviction for tax fraud last year.

Special Report: From Hungary, far-right party spreads ideology, tactics

By Marcin Goettig and Christian Lowe WARSAW (Reuters) - In a rented public hall not far from Poland's parliament, about 150 people gathered one afternoon late last year to hear speeches by a collection of far-right leaders from around Europe. The event was organized by Ruch Narodowy, or National Movement, a Polish organization that opposes foreign influences, views homosexuality as an illness and believes Poland is threatened by a leftist revolution hatched in Brussels.

Italy to keep fiscal commitments to push for rules change in EU

ROME (Reuters) - Italy will keep to fiscal limits set by the European Union in order to be in a stronger position to push for them to be changed, Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan said on Tuesday. "Do we want to stick to the figures in order to change European rules? Yes, in a certain sense that is true," Padoan told reporters.

Austrian far-right politicians quit EU parliament campaign

VIENNA (Reuters) - Two top far-right Austrian candidates for next month's EU parliamentary elections quit on Tuesday, under fire from their own party ranks, bucking a trend of Eurosceptic parties in the ascendancy. The co-lead candidate for the anti-immigrant Freedom Party said he had lost his party's trust after making racist comments, while the daughter of late Austrian right-wing populist leader Joerg Haider gave up on re-energizing her father's BZO party.

Hungary re-elects PM, far-right opposition gains

By Gergely Szakacs and Marton Dunai BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Prime Minister Viktor Orban has won another four years in power, election results showed on Monday, while one in five voters backed a far-right opposition party accused of anti-Semitism. Orban has clashed repeatedly with the European Union and foreign investors over his unorthodox policies, and after Sunday's win, big businesses were bracing for another term of unpredictable and, for some of them, hostile measures.

Hungary's Orban romps to victory as far-right makes gains

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban Monday savoured a decisive election victory that gives him almost free rein during four more years in power, even as the far-right made fresh gains. "Voters said yes to our new legal system, including our new constitution, to a new economic model based on work, and to a government led by a popular European party," the pugnacious Orban, 50, proclaimed a day after the vote.

Hungary's Orban sweeps to victory as far-right gains

Hungary's pugnacious Prime Minister Viktor Orban savoured Monday a decisive election victory that gives an EU leader accused of undermining democracy four more years in power, while the far-right made further gains. "We can say with absolute certainty that we won," the right-wing and rabble-rousing Orban, 50, told jubilant, flag-waving supporters in Budapest on Sunday night. "These elections were free. Organised in a free country."
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