Silvio Berlusconi

Berlusconi is back – and his eurozone idea isn’t completely barmy

1 March 2017 13:15

A potentially significant moment in the travails of the EU was lost in the drama of John Major’s (re-)intervention into…

Donald Trump can expect the Berlusconi treatment

27 November 2016 8:00

Those in charge of civilisation have been quick to compare Donald Trump to Silvio ‘bunga bunga’ Berlusconi as part of…

The discreet charm of the Labour bourgeoisie

3 August 2015 17:17

In the early 1960s a satirical combo called the Chad Mitchell Trio sang of the anti-communist paranoia of the John Birch…

Think Britain’s tabloid journalists are bad? Try Italy’s tabloid judges

19 July 2014 14:06

There is a small light at the end of the tunnel but it comes too late, I fear, to save…

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti leaves in a car the Quirinale Presidential palace after handing in his resignation to President Giorgio Napolitano. Picture: Getty

Mario Monti resigns

21 December 2012 19:24

Following the passing of his budget, Mario Monti has quit as Italian Prime Minister. At the moment, it remains unclear…

Of technocrats and democrats

27 June 2012 9:15

A former European leader was a guest at a private dinner in London recently. It was a polite and reverential…

In defence of technocrats

17 November 2011 17:28

Is Mario Monti’s administration in Italy democratic? Is Greece’s new government? To some, especially in the blogosphere, it is the…

Can Italy rebound?

14 November 2011 17:50

I’m in Italy watching the bonfire of Silvio Berlusconi’s vanities first hand. From the ashes, most Italians hope a stronger…

Berlusconi: latest victim of Europe’s reverse Arab Spring

12 November 2011 21:22

Berlusconi has finally resigned – and so continues what seems to be the Arab Spring in reverse (a Gnirps Bara).…

Campaign Adventures: Congo Edition

8 November 2011 22:05

I’ve not been paying much attention to the elections in the Congo. Nor, I suspect, have you. But politicians everywhere…

Berlusconi on the brink

8 November 2011 16:42

Silvio Berlusconi no longer has the support of the majority of Italy’s MPs. That big budget vote was passed an…

Crunch time in Italy and Greece

8 November 2011 11:59

Reports of Silvio Berlusconi’s imminent resignation yesterday may have been exaggerated, but it remains to be seen how greatly. He…

Berlusconi may quit presto

7 November 2011 11:39

The word sweeping across Italy is that the PM may be forced to step down in a matter of hours,…

Crisis a la Milanese

6 November 2011 18:56

If Italy’s a country on the brink, it doesn’t show it. At least not in Milan. Along the city’s rainswept…

Papandreou wins no confidence vote, but appears set to stand down

5 November 2011 4:02

The political situation in Greece remains unclear this morning. George Papandreou’s government survived last night’s confidence vote. But the main…

Italian comic opera

26 October 2011 17:23

Politics is serious business, especially when the world’s economy is at stake, but so much of what’s going on in…

Italy in the firing line

20 September 2011 9:17

Markets sank into negative territory this morning, following Standand&Poor’s downgrade of Italy’s credit rating. (Although they havesince recovered.) The agency…

Rome smoulders

14 December 2010 14:49

I’m visiting a stylish but tense Rome today, just as the Italian legislature has voted down a non-confidence vote in…

What now?

14 December 2010 13:12

The BBC is reporting that the embattled Silvio Berlusconi has survived confidence votes in both of Italy’s Houses. The vote…

Don’t mention ze Europe

13 April 2010 10:37

The Conservative Party’s departure from the European People’s Party came down to a choice of expediency over principle. If you…