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Italy to face international pressure if crisis drags on

By Alessandra Galloni and Giselda Vagnoni ROME (Reuters) - Italy could face pressure from international partners if the current political crisis persists and reverberates through the euro zone, Labour Minister Enrico Giovannini said on Sunday.

Italy in new crisis as centre-right ministers resign

Centre-right ministers Saturday resigned from Italy's fragile coalition government, unleashing a fresh political crisis after what Prime Minister Enrico Letta called a "crazy act" of encouragement by their leader Silvio Berlusconi. All five ministers of the People of Freedom (PDL) party took the decision at Berlusconi's urging, said Angelino Alfano, Italy's deputy premier and PDL party secretary.

Italy's PM seeks confidence vote after looming pro-Berlusconi revolt tests government survival

ROME - Italian Premier Enrico Letta warned he will quit unless he receives prompt pledges of solid support in a confidence vote in Parliament on his government, which risks collapses from escalating tension over ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi's tax fraud conviction, a minister said after a Cabinet meeting Friday night. Berlusconi's centre-right People of Freedom Party partners with Letta's centre-left Democratic Party in an unusual alliance of rival forces.

EU officials pile pressure on Italy to keep government afloat

MILAN (Reuters) - European Union officials warned Italy on Sunday not to let politics ruin recovery prospects and upset debt markets in a week that could signal the end of Erico Letta's fragile five-month-old government. Olli Rehn and Manuel Barroso threw their weight behind Letta, who also appealed for stability this weekend before a Senate vote on Wednesday on whether Silvio Berlusconi should be expelled from parliament following a conviction for tax fraud.

Berlusconi left off list awarded Italian life senator honor

By Steve Scherer ROME (Reuters) - Silvio Berlusconi's allies reacted angrily on Friday after Italian President Giorgio Napolitano left the centre-right leader, who risks being ejected from parliament after a tax fraud conviction, off a list of new lifetime senators. Napolitano had been pressed by members of Berlusconi's People of Liberty party (PDL) to grant their leader the honor bestowed on former heads of state and distinguished personalities in the arts and sciences.

Berlusconi left off list awarded Italian life senator honor

By Steve Scherer ROME (Reuters) - Silvio Berlusconi's allies reacted angrily on Friday after Italian President Giorgio Napolitano left the center-right leader, who risks being ejected from parliament after a tax fraud conviction, off a list of new lifetime senators. Napolitano had been pressed by members of Berlusconi's People of Liberty party (PDL) to grant their leader the honor bestowed on former heads of state and distinguished personalities in the arts and sciences.

Italian government seeks tax deal to calm political turmoil

By Giuseppe Fonte ROME (Reuters) - The Italian government moved closer on Wednesday to scrapping a property tax which had threatened to split the fragile ruling coalition and deepen the political turmoil caused by former premier Silvio Berlusconi's conviction for tax fraud. Cabinet is due to meet at 5 p.m. (1500 GMT) to pass a decree and settle an issue which has dogged Prime Minister Enrico Letta's unwieldy coalition of traditional rivals ever since it was formed in the wake of February's inconclusive elections.

Berlusconi ups pressure on Italy government over hated tax

Italy's Silvio Berlusconi increased pressure on Prime Minister Enrico Letta's coalition government on Friday, heightening existing tensions amid a row over an unpopular housing tax. Italians "should not have to pay IMU (the housing tax). This deal is the basis of the agreement which led to the formation of the grand coalition government" and "we will never give up on it," Berlusconi said in a statement.

Analysis: Can Italy's Berlusconi pull off one last escape?

By Barry Moody ROME (Reuters) - Can Silvio Berlusconi pull off one last escape or is Italy's most controversial man finally finished after being convicted of tax fraud? Perhaps the biggest shock for Berlusconi's intensely loyal supporters when the supreme court on Thursday rejected his appeal against a four-year jail sentence - commuted to one year - was that he had failed to evade his pursuers as usual.

Verdict looms in Berlusconi tax fraud trial

A verdict loomed on Thursday for former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi in a tax fraud case that could upset a fragile ruling coalition in the eurozone's third largest economy. A panel of judges at Italy's top court will rule on whether to uphold a temporary ban from parliament and one year of community service or house arrest for the billionaire tycoon. The case revolves around Berlusconi's business empire Mediaset -- the starting point for his first foray into politics in the early 1990s.
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