Convict Berlusconi Goes Fishing

Today, convict Silvio Berlusconi had lunch with Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. Guess what was most likely on the menu? No, not fish, although it could have been, but Berlusconi’s return to politics. The law which is keeping Mr Berlusconi out of politics has recently been challenged, successfully, by the Mayor of Naples who temporarily […]

Berlusconi Attempts to Regroup Italy’s Right

Emboldened by the Ruby bunga bunga case appeal acquittal, Italy’s controversial ex-prime minister, ex-senator and former knight, ex-cavaliere Silvio Berlusconi is attempting to regroup Italy’s muddled right under the banner of his Forza Italia – Go Italy – party. Berlusconi has been making advances to his former protégé and one-time supposed successor, Angelino Alfano though for now, […]

What’s Italy’s Matteo Renzi Up To? 160,000 Italians Would Like to Know.

Heading in a better direction?

In certain quarters, the indecent haste with which Italy’s prime minister Matteo Renzi wants to rush through reforms to Italy’s constitution is ringing alarm bells. ‘Authoritarianism’ is a word being bandied around in Italy at the moment. Over 160,000 Italians have now signed an anti ‘theft of democracy’ petition on the website of Italian newspaper Il Fatto Quotidiano. […]

The Worrying Berlusconi Factor

Though Silvio Berlusconi is no longer in Italy’s senate, his influence is still being felt and his legal woes are not going away. This, for Italy, is a major problem. Berlusconi is fishing for ‘get out of jail free’ cards and in exchange for a pack of these cards, he will authorise his Forza Italia […]

Italy May Finally Be Heading in a Better Direction

Politically, Italy may be starting to head in a new and better direction. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is continuing to give the impression he wants Italy to change even if not much has changed so far. He does appear to be trying though. Here’s an overview of recent events within the complex world of Italian […]

Someone Finally Dares to Challenge Berlusconi’s Leadership of Forza Italia

Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi is proving as reluctant as ever to step down from the leadership of his right leaning Forza Italia party. For what was once the most popular political party in Italy, a dismal European election result suggests that Berlusconi is no longer the vote-attraction he once was. Indeed, some think he should go. If […]

The European Election Battle for the Control of Italy

Italy’s three main political factions really are throwing their hearts and souls into European election campaigning. A battle for the control of Italy is in progress. The combatants are Italy’s old guard versus Beppe Grillo’s anti-establishment 5 Star Movement. On the battle field is Silvio Berlusconi and his Forza Italia party, an ally of Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo […]

The Convicted Berlusconi Man in a Beirut Hospital

Last Friday, Marcello Dell’Utri, was definitively convicted of acting as a link between Milan’s business elite and Italy’s Sicilian mafia. Ex-Italian senator Dell’Utri is the co-founder of Italy’s Forza Italia political party, a long time associate and reputedly close friend of Italy’s ex-prime minister and other Forza Italia founder, one convict Silvio Berlusconi. Under normal […]

Berlusconi Moves to Annul Ruby Bunga Bunga Case

It has come to light in Italy that Silvio Berlusconi’s lawyers are working hard to ensure the sordid Ruby Bunga Bunga case never reaches a conclusion. Silvio Berlusconi is facing charges of abuse of office and of having sex with Ruby, the “stage name” of an allegedly underage prostitute and he was convicted of these crimes by […]