Politics of Italy http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/24424/all en ANALYSIS-Italy's real election battle is Monti vs Berlusconi http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/analysis-italys-real-election-battle-monti-vs-berlusconi <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>* Berlusconi aims to block centre-left in parliament</p> <p>* Centre-left almost certain to win election</p> <p>* However, real battle is in uncertain Senate vote</p> <p>* Berlusconi success could bring paralysis and instability</p> <p>By Barry Moody and Paolo Biondi</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/analysis-italys-real-election-battle-monti-vs-berlusconi" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Italy Politics of Europe Politics of Italy Silvio Berlusconi Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 17:15:38 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731709 at http://www.globalpost.com Berlusconi seen falling short in Italy election http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/berlusconi-seen-falling-short-italy-election <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Predictions suggest Berlusconi cannot succeed</p> <p>* Based on regional opinion poll and projections</p> <p>* Sticking point could be Monti's demand for premiership</p> <p>By Barry Moody</p> <p>ROME, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Silvio Berlusconi has little chance of destabilising a centre-left government after Italy's February election and outgoing premier Mario Monti is the most likely to become kingmaker, one of Italy's top experts on voting trends said on Wednesday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/berlusconi-seen-falling-short-italy-election" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Italy Mario Monti Politics of Italy Prime Ministers of Italy Silvio Berlusconi Technology Thomson Reuters Wed, 09 Jan 2013 14:45:21 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5732141 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-Berlusconi seen falling short in Italy election http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/update-2-berlusconi-seen-falling-short-italy-election <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Predictions suggest Berlusconi cannot succeed</p> <p>* Based on regional opinion poll and projections</p> <p>* Sticking point could be Monti's demand for premiership</p> <p>By Barry Moody</p> <p>ROME, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Silvio Berlusconi has little chance of destabilising a centre-left government after Italy's February election and outgoing premier Mario Monti is the most likely to become kingmaker, one of Italy's top experts on voting trends said on Wednesday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/update-2-berlusconi-seen-falling-short-italy-election" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Italy Mario Monti Politics of Europe Politics of Italy Silvio Berlusconi Technology Thomson Reuters Wed, 09 Jan 2013 17:30:04 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5732233 at http://www.globalpost.com Berlusconi group leads in key region ahead of Italy vote http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130113/berlusconi-group-leads-key-region-ahead-italy-vote <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>ROME, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right coalition is leading in a vital battleground region ahead of next month's Italian election, making it harder for left-wing rivals to form a stable parliamentary majority, according to a poll on Sunday.</p> <p>Whoever wins the Feb. 24-25 vote will have to tackle a deep recession and rising unemployment in the euro zone's third-largest economy as well as keeping strained public finances under control.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130113/berlusconi-group-leads-key-region-ahead-italy-vote" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Italy Politics of Italy Thomson Reuters Sun, 13 Jan 2013 17:15:25 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5733863 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Berlusconi gains in Italy polls, leads in key region http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130113/update-1-berlusconi-gains-italy-polls-leads-key-region <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Centre-right alliance starting to close wide gap, one poll shows</p> <p>* Another puts centre right ahead in Lombardy</p> <p>* "Berlusconi President" logo unveiled (Adds Tecne survey, Berlusconi name on party logos)</p> <p>By Catherine Hornby</p> <p>ROME, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right coalition is gaining ground ahead of next month's elections, which could make it harder for Italy's left to form a stable parliamentary majority, polls showed on Sunday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130113/update-1-berlusconi-gains-italy-polls-leads-key-region" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Italy Politics of Europe Politics of Italy Silvio Berlusconi Thomson Reuters Sun, 13 Jan 2013 21:00:33 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5733932 at http://www.globalpost.com Italy PM Monti opposes gay marriage http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/italy-pm-monti-opposes-gay-marriage <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* As vote nears, support for Monti group faltering in polls</p> <p>* Debate on gay unions, adoption inflamed by court ruling</p> <p>* Gay activist candidate for Monti quits over "smear campaign"</p> <p>By Naomi O'Leary</p> <p>ROME, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti has said he opposes same-sex marriage and adoption, wading into an increasingly fraught debate in the home of Roman Catholicism a month before an election in which he is seeking a second term.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/italy-pm-monti-opposes-gay-marriage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Italy LGBT Mario Monti Politics Politics of Italy Social Issues Technology Thomson Reuters Thu, 17 Jan 2013 14:15:29 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5735605 at http://www.globalpost.com Berlusconi revamps media tactics to woo Italian voters http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130121/berlusconi-revamps-media-tactics-woo-italian-voters <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Former premier faces off with critics to win back support</p> <p>* Media-savvy mogul revives theatrics to win spotlight</p> <p>* Berlusconi party dominates airwaves before Feb. 24-25 vote</p> <p>By Catherine Hornby</p> <p>ROME, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Silvio Berlusconi has always been most formidable with his back to the wall and he has played a bold gamble by leaving the comfortable studios of his own television empire to take on some of his fiercest critics ahead of next month's Italian election.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130121/berlusconi-revamps-media-tactics-woo-italian-voters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Entertainment Italy Politics of Italy Silvio Berlusconi Silvio Berlusconi Thomson Reuters Mon, 21 Jan 2013 16:00:33 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5737304 at http://www.globalpost.com Italy's Berlusconi drops allies accused of mafia links http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130122/italys-berlusconi-drops-allies-accused-mafia-links <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Candidate list cleaned up ahead of Feb. 24-25 election</p> <p>* Centre-right party reacts to string of scandals</p> <p>* Several Berlusconi allies shut out from standing in vote</p> <p>By James Mackenzie</p> <p>ROME, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has dropped former allies accused of corruption and mafia association as election candidates, in a bid to shed the image of scandal that has dogged sections of his centre-right party.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130122/italys-berlusconi-drops-allies-accused-mafia-links" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Italy Politics of Europe Politics of Italy Silvio Berlusconi Thomson Reuters Tue, 22 Jan 2013 11:15:03 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5737660 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Italy's Berlusconi drops allies accused of mafia links http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130122/update-1-italys-berlusconi-drops-allies-accused-mafia-links <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Candidate list cleaned up ahead of Feb. 24-25 election</p> <p>* Several Berlusconi allies shut out from standing in vote</p> <p>* Political gamble could win or lose voter support (Adds quotes from Berlusconi, Cosentino)</p> <p>By James Mackenzie</p> <p>ROME, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has dropped allies accused of corruption and mafia connections as election candidates, in a bid to shake off some of the scandal dogging his party.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130122/update-1-italys-berlusconi-drops-allies-accused-mafia-links" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Italy Politics Politics of Europe Politics of Italy Silvio Berlusconi Thomson Reuters Tue, 22 Jan 2013 18:45:54 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5737916 at http://www.globalpost.com Polls show Italy's centre-left leading; split Senate likely http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/polls-show-italys-centre-left-leading-split-senate-likely <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>ROME, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Italy's centre left is still in the lead a month before elections but will fall short of a majority in the Senate, a result which would make stable government more difficult, according to a poll on Friday.</p> <p>The centre-left's lead could be eroded by its links to the troubled Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, enveloped by a widening scandal over derivatives losses.</p> <p>Centre-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani's Democratic Party (PD) has long had ties to the Tuscan lender, the world's oldest bank.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/polls-show-italys-centre-left-leading-split-senate-likely" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Italy Politics of Italy Thomson Reuters Fri, 25 Jan 2013 11:30:38 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5739294 at http://www.globalpost.com Berlusconi defends Mussolini, draws outrage from political left http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130127/berlusconi-defends-mussolini-draws-outrage-political-left <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Berlusconi: racial laws were fascist leader's worst fault</p> <p>* Says Mussolini "in other ways, did well"</p> <p>* Remarks at Holocaust commemoration condemned as "disgusting"</p> <p>By James Mackenzie</p> <p>ROME, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi triggered outrage from Italy's political left on Sunday with comments defending fascist wartime leader Benito Mussolini at a ceremony commemorating victims of the Nazi Holocaust.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130127/berlusconi-defends-mussolini-draws-outrage-political-left" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Italy Politics Politics of Italy Thomson Reuters Sun, 27 Jan 2013 15:45:32 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5740144 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Berlusconi defends Mussolini, draws outrage from political left http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130127/update-1-berlusconi-defends-mussolini-draws-outrage-political-l <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Berlusconi: racial laws were fascist leader's worst fault</p> <p>* Says Mussolini "in other ways, did well"</p> <p>* Remarks at Holocaust ceremony condemned as "disgusting" (Adds Berlusconi condemnation of dictatorships)</p> <p>By James Mackenzie</p> <p>ROME, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi triggered outrage from Italy's political left on Sunday with comments defending fascist wartime leader Benito Mussolini at a ceremony commemorating victims of the Nazi Holocaust.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130127/update-1-berlusconi-defends-mussolini-draws-outrage-political-l" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Italy Politics Politics of Europe Politics of Italy Thomson Reuters Sun, 27 Jan 2013 19:00:29 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5740214 at http://www.globalpost.com Rebel comic aims to exorcise Italian politics' walking dead http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130128/rebel-comic-aims-exorcise-italian-politics-walking-dead <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* 5-Star Movement is 2nd or 3rd party in Feb. elections</p> <p>* All of its candidates political novices</p> <p>* Other parties cleaned up lists after movement's emergence</p> <p>* More than 50 pct of next parliament will be newcomers</p> <p>By Steve Scherer</p> <p>POMEZIA, Italy, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Comic Beppe Grillo calls four-time Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi a "dwarf zombie", outgoing premier Mario Monti "rigor Montis" and Italy's political class "the walking dead".</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130128/rebel-comic-aims-exorcise-italian-politics-walking-dead" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Beppe Grillo Politics of Europe Politics of Italy Silvio Berlusconi Technology Thomson Reuters Mon, 28 Jan 2013 14:00:51 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5740472 at http://www.globalpost.com Polls show bank scandal hurting Italy's main centre-left party http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/polls-show-bank-scandal-hurting-italys-main-centre-left-party <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>ROME, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Support for Italy's election frontrunners, the centre-left Democratic Party, has dropped since a scandal erupted at Tuscan bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena , with which it has long-standing links, according to opinion polls.</p> <p>But despite the setback, most polls show the centre-left coalition led by the Democratic Party (PD) still well ahead of Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/polls-show-bank-scandal-hurting-italys-main-centre-left-party" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Italy Politics of Europe Politics of Italy Thomson Reuters Tue, 29 Jan 2013 17:45:42 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5741116 at http://www.globalpost.com Italian centre-left leader attacks 'shameful fables' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/italian-centre-left-leader-attacks-shameful-fables <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Italian Democratic Party leader Pier Luigi Bersani on Friday attacked his rivals for their "shameful fables" at a rally in Florence ahead of elections later this month in which he is the favourite.</p> <p>"We are living through Italy's worst post-war crisis," Bersani told a crowd of supporters in a theatre in the city where his former rival for the party leadership, Matteo Renzi, is mayor.</p> <p>Referring to recent promises of tax cuts from his main rivals -- outgoing prime minister Mario Monti and controversial former premier Silvio Berlusconi -- he said they were "shameful fables".</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/italian-centre-left-leader-attacks-shameful-fables" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Italy Politics of Italy Prime Ministers of Italy AFP Fri, 01 Feb 2013 19:30:52 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5743466 at http://www.globalpost.com