Silvio Berlusconi

A Warning for Democrats

<i>This article is part of the Opinion Today newsletter. You can sign up here to receive the newsletter each weekday.</i><p>The latest opinion polls contain a warning for Democrats — a warning relevant to the potential government shutdown.<p>President Trump and the Republican Congress are still a long way from …

Opinion

Italy election: governing party to follow Macron's pro-EU playbook

PD minister Sandro Gozi says party will seek to repeat success of French president in putting Europe at centre of campaign<p>The pro-European, anti-populist campaign of Emmanuel Macron will be the inspiration for Italy’s governing centre-left PD party’s pitch to voters in the upcoming general …

Migration

Silvio Berlusconi's party unveils election plan, vows tax cuts

In Italy, Berlusconi's conservative coalition has announced plans to slash taxes and drop an overhaul of the pension system. The ex-premier's bloc is …

World News

Conservatives Shake Their Heads at the Stormy Daniels S---storm

How is it that the president’s alleged affair with a porn star isn’t even the biggest story of the week?<p>(A version of this column originally appeared on Poynter.org.)<p>When B.C. Forbes, a Scottish-born American newspaper business columnist founded the eponymous business magazine in 1917, he could not …

Stormy Daniels

Facebook to Increase Fake News Safeguards for Italy Vote

Facebook Inc. is intensifying scrutiny of its pages to root out bogus news reports and other attempts to interfere with Italy’s general election in …

Italy

Remember, liberals: we don’t care about personal, private conduct (even from Donald Trump)

The revelations about Donald Trump and Stormy Daniels are a test, and liberals asked for it. We really did.<p>Either you or someone you love has raged …

Liberal View

Italy's center right vows deep tax cuts, funding unclear

ROME (Reuters) - A center-right grouping involving former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is pledging to slash taxes and throw out a drastic pension reform in its bid to win over voters at a national election in just over six weeks' time.<p>Late on Thursday, Berlusconi met his allies, the …

World News

Nations flex nuclear muscles as fears of new arms race grow

A deeper dive into the day's most notable stories<p><i>Welcome to The National Today, which takes a closer look at what's happening around some of the</i> …

Stormy Daniels

Daily Briefing: Merkel in Paris; Berlusconi tax pledges

LONDON (Reuters) - The Franco-German motor that for years drove forward European Union has been somewhat idling of late thanks to Angela Merkel's struggle to pull together a government for a new term.<p>Today, however, she visits Emmanuel Macron in Paris, where the two will discuss at least in broad …

Economy

In Italy, #MeToo Falters Amid Public Scorn

In the months since allegations of sexual harassment by major media figures took center stage in the United States, the #MeToo movement has had a ripple effect in Europe, prompting national conversations on a once-taboo topic. In some countries, the movement has been embraced.<p>But in Italy, the …

News

Trump’s biggest political weakness is on regular policy issues

His brand of white identity politics is fundamentally a con.<p>Donald Trump is a racist. From the foundation of his campaign — build a wall to keep out “rapist” Mexicans — to his recent Oval Office remarks that countries where black people live are a “shithole” (or “shithouse”). As Maya Angelou has …

Politics

Italy approves military mission in Niger, more troops to North Africa

ROME (Reuters) - Italy’s parliament approved on Wednesday an increased military presence in Libya and the deployment of up to 470 troops in Niger to combat migration and the trafficking of people towards Europe, many of whom wash up on Italian shores.<p>At the end of last year, Prime Minister Paolo …

Italy

Italy's Berlusconi says he is ready to be premier if European court lifts ban

ROME (Reuters) - Former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Thursday he was ready to lead Italy again if the European Court of Human Rights scrapped a ban on him holding public office.<p>After a resignation in 2011 amid scandal over his private life and an acute debt crisis the billionaire media …

World News

Matteo Renzi fights to save Italy (and himself)

ROME — Matteo Renzi had his game-face on as he told his Democratic Party he was prepared to go “house-to-house” to win back power in Italy’s general …

Paolo Gentiloni

Former AC Milan Owner Silvio Berlusconi Rubbishes Claims of Wrongdoing in the Sale of the Club

Ex-Owner of AC Milan Silvio Berlusconi has denied he did anything wrong when he sold AC Milan in 2017.<p>The sale of the club has come under scrutiny in …

Soccer

Italy's Political Genius

Let us now praise Italy’s method of governance. Yes, this columnist is as surprised to be writing that sentence as you are to be reading it, because Italy’s method of governance looks to all the world to entail not having a government at all.<p>It’s possible that Italy will lack leadership altogether …

Opinion

Putin Can Find Love in Italy, But No Help

Major Italian political forces appear to be strongly pro-Kremlin, but that's unlikely to mean the end of Russia sanctions in Europe.<p>After a disappointing French presidential election, Russian President Vladimir Putin appears to get closer to what he wants in Italy. After the March election, it is …

Russia

Warnings Are More Valuable to Investors Than Good Ideas

General Electric, Spain and Italy all pose big risks for bondholders.<p>I have learned a number of things during my long tenure on Wall Street. One is that the velocity of losses is much greater than the velocity of gains. Profits are generally eked out and losses are generally potholes that can …

Business

The Italian Risk For Global Markets

A high-level discussion of Italy’s special kind of instability-stability.<p>The most likely outcomes of the March elections and the potential market …

Business

Ex-Italy PM Monti berates parties for irresponsible election promises

ROME (Reuters) - Former Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti has accused political parties of making “irresponsible” promises ahead of the March 4 election which he said would be a disaster if carried out.<p>“This is clearly a country going backwards not forwards,” Monti, whose government was widely …

World Politics

Italy's center-right leaders sign policy pact ahead of election

ROME (Reuters) - Former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi and his rightist allies agreed on Thursday to a joint manifesto ahead of a March 4 national election, committing themselves to cutting taxes and rolling back pension reform.<p>"United we win," Berlusconi wrote on Twitter, announcing that he had …

World News

Political cheat sheet: Understanding Italy's Northern League

In the next of our series of articles introducing you to Italy's major political parties, we take a look at the origins, ideology, and key players of …

Italy

European leaders, facing growing public unease, toughen up on immigration

slideshow<p>Thousands of migrants packed into Greek island<p>As the E.U. struggles to find a solution to waves of migrants coming into the continent from the Middle East and Africa, migrants are being held in limbo on a Greek island.<p>As politicians in America and across the globe lined up last week up to …

Refugees

A happy opera ending sparks a #MeToo debate in Italy

The performance was reaching its familiar climax. Don José, the Spanish soldier, beat Carmen, the fiery heroine, and drew his dagger to stab and kill …

Opera

Italy election: 'White race' remark sparks row

<b>Italy doesn't count its population by colour. But it would be fair to say that the country is overwhelmingly white: the National Institute for Statistics reports that more than 92% of the country is ethnic Italian, which is often interpreted in practical terms as white.</b><p>It would be hard to find any …

Italy

Milan Owner Li Yonghong Denies Takeover Fraud Allegations in Strongly Worded Statement

AC Milan owner Li Yonghong has moved to reject all accusations of suspected money laundering over his takeover of the Italian club.<p>Reports in the …

Corruption

Italy's election campaign is descending into a race row

Italy was gripped by a racism row on Tuesday as parties from across the political spectrum weighed in on calls to defend the "white race", sparking …

Italy

Football: AC Milan chief blasts money-laundering reports

MILAN: AC Milan president Li Yonghong has blasted Italian media reports claiming Italian prosecutors had opened an investigation into whether the …

Corruption

AC Milan's owner says nothing illegal in deal with Berlusconi

MILAN (Reuters) - AC Milan's president said on Tuesday his purchase of the soccer club from former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi was conducted legally and transparently after a finance police report indicated potentially suspicious elements in the deal.<p>"All procedures were observed with total …

Italy

Italy's election: From obstacle to opportunity for big bond investors

LONDON (Reuters) - Barely a year after French and Italian government bonds tanked on fears of a wave of anti-euro sentiment seemingly sweeping through Europe, the world's biggest bond investors are viewing Italy's election with equanimity and even some relish.<p>Italy goes to polls on March 4 and …

Business