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Italy tensions rise over Berlusconi's conviction

Italy's fragile coalition government faces rising tensions but may survive, experts said, as a parliamentary committee prepared to start meetings Monday on expelling Silvio Berlusconi from the Senate. The billionaire former prime minister, who has been in parliament since he burst onto the political scene in 1994, on August 1 lost his final appeal against a tax fraud conviction. The Senate is now called to vote on expelling him in a procedure that will begin with a committee meeting on Monday but could be delayed by stalling tactics by Berlusconi's supporters.

Berlusconi verdict stokes political tensions

Italy's main political forces on Friday committed to keeping an uneasy coalition in place for the sake of the recession-hit country despite a landmark court ruling against former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. There was a cautious reaction on financial markets, with the main stock index in Milan inching down 0.37 percent while shares in Berlusconi's Mediaset business empire plunged by 2.43 percent.

Berlusconi verdict raises political tensions in Italy

A final judgment against former leader Silvio Berlusconi raised political tensions in Italy on Friday but left a fragile coalition in place for now amid a muted reaction on the financial markets. "Government in danger," said Il Messaggero daily, while Il Fatto Quotidiano said the uneasy alliance between Berlusconi's centre-right and Prime Minister Enrico Letta's centre-left was "a dead man walking". Although Berlusconi loyalists had threatened mass resignations if the ruling went against him, they have been more cautious following the verdict.

As Italy coalition forms, Berlusconi back in the saddle

Guess who's back? The real winner as Italy's long political crisis comes to an end is none other than Silvio Berlusconi, a scandal-tainted billionaire tycoon and an international figure of fun. The 76-year-old former prime minister is not expected to be included in the new cabinet being set up by moderate leftist Enrico Letta but there is no doubt among political observers that he will be a power behind the throne. "Berlusconi cannot hide his delight about how this crisis has turned out," said Stefano Folli, a columnist for business daily Il Sole 24 Ore.

Italy's Berlusconi tax fraud trial adjourned to April 20

MILAN (Reuters) - An Italian court agreed on Saturday to Silvio Berlusconi's request to adjourn his appeal against a tax fraud conviction for one month, as Italy's politicians seek to end a political crisis and form a government. The former prime minister was re-elected to parliament in an inconclusive vote last month and Italy's president has asked his centre-left rival, Pier Luigi Bersani, to see if he can form a government.
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