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  • Thai tycoon confirms AC Milan talks, denies takeover offer
    Thai tycoon confirms AC Milan talks, denies takeover offer Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    Thai businessman Bee Taechaubol has confirmed he has held "cordial" talks about a possible share purchase in AC Milan, whose midfielder Nigel de Jong vies for the ball in a Serie A match on February ... More »

  • Thai businessman says in talks with AC Milan
    Thai businessman says in talks with AC Milan Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    Thai businessman Bee Taechaubol says he has held "cordial and private" discussions with Serie A side AC Milan, following media reports that he had made an offer for a controlling stake in the club. "I do not deny the interest for a possible share acquisition into such a prestigious club such as AC Milan, but at the moment it's only cordial and private discussions with representatives from the AC Milan group. "No decision....has been taken nor has any agreement been signed off." On Monday, media reports said Taechaubol, executive director of southeast Asian private equity group Thai Prime Company Limited, had offered 1 billion euros (£742.6 million) for AC Milan and was confident of completing the deal within a month. Fininvest, the Berlusconi holding company that owns AC Milan, said in a statement there were no talks about selling the club, which Berlusconi has owned since the 1980s. More »

  • UPDATE 1-Soccer-Thai businessman says in talks with AC Milan Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    (Adds details) MILAN, Feb 17 (Reuters) - Thai businessman Bee Taechaubol says he has held "cordial and private" discussions with Serie A side AC Milan, following media reports that he had made an offer for a controlling stake in the club. "I do not deny the interest for a possible share acquisition into such a prestigious club such as AC Milan, but at the moment it's only cordial and private discussions with representatives from the AC Milan group. "No decision....has been taken nor has any agreement been signed off." On Monday, media reports said Taechaubol, executive director of southeast Asian private equity group Thai Prime Company Limited, had offered 1 billion euros ($1.14 billion) for AC Milan and was confident of completing the deal within a month. Fininvest, the Berlusconi holding company that owns AC Milan, said in a statement there were no talks about selling the club, which Berlusconi has owned since the 1980s. More »

  • Europe News Digest Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — TOP STORIES FROM EUROPE AT 1230 GMT More »

  • Police search homes of Berlusconi's 'bunga bunga' guests Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    MILAN (AP) — Police have searched the homes of several women who attended ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi's famed "bunga bunga" parties as part of an investigation into alleged witness tampering during the billionaire's sex-for-hire trial. More »

  • Berlusconi says not selling control of AC Milan
    Berlusconi says not selling control of AC Milan Mon, Feb 16, 2015

    BANGKOK/MILAN (Reuters) - Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Monday he was not interested in selling control of AC Milan, following reports of an offer being made for the football club by a Thai businessman. Earlier on Monday local media had said Bee Taechaubol, executive director of southeast Asian private equity group Thai Prime Company Limited, had offered 1 billion euros ($1.14 billion) for a controlling stake in AC Milan. More »

  • Berlusconi not interested in selling majority stake in AC Milan
    Berlusconi not interested in selling majority stake in AC Milan Mon, Feb 16, 2015

    MILAN (Reuters) - Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's holding company Fininvest said on Monday it was not interested in selling a majority stake in AC Milan following reports of an offer for the soccer club. Thai businessman Bee Taechaubol has offered Berlusconi 1 billion euros (£741 million) for a controlling stake in AC Milan, local media reported on Monday. (Reporting by Danilo Masoni; editing by Francesca Landini) More »

  • Soccer-Thai group bids one billion euros for Milan stake - report Mon, Feb 16, 2015

    A Thai businessman has offered former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi one billion euros ($1.14 billion) for a controlling stake in AC Milan, local media reported on Monday. The offer came from Bee Taechaubol, executive director of Thai Prime Company Limited, a south east Asian private equity group. The Bangkok Post reported that Bee wanted at least a 50 percent stake in the seven-times European champions but not complete ownership. One of Italian soccer's most prestigious names, Milan have struggled since winning the last of their Serie A titles in 2011. More »

  • Italy's Renzi defies opposition over Senate reform
    Italy's Renzi defies opposition over Senate reform Sun, Feb 15, 2015

    Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has moved a step closer to pushing through constitutional reforms he says will create a more stable government, after a raucous debate that saw opposition parties walk out of parliament. After a marathon session that ended in the early hours of Saturday, deputies in Renzi's majority coalition approved the measures in a half-empty chamber that had been deserted by most of the opposition. The measures, central to Renzi's promised reforms of the political system, are intended to allow more stable government by shrinking the Senate and removing its power to block laws, leaving the Chamber of Deputies dominant in the legislature. The result still must be passed by the Senate itself, where Renzi's coalition has a much smaller majority. More »

  • A happy first anniversary for Italy's baby-faced PM
    A happy first anniversary for Italy's baby-faced PM Sun, Feb 15, 2015

    In football terms, Matteo Renzi looks more like a scuffling midfielder than a predatory striker. More »

  • Sex and power, an age-old heady combination
    Sex and power, an age-old heady combination Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    From Caesar to Napoleon, John F. Kennedy to Silvio Berlusconi, Cleopatra to Catherine the Great, history is full of anecdotes about the sexual antics of politicians and world leaders. More »

  • DSK's enduring legacy won't be libertinism
    DSK's enduring legacy won't be libertinism Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    As French politician stands trial for 'pimping', his disciples implement his economic policies. More »

  • Northern League looks south to lead Italy's right against Renzi
    Northern League looks south to lead Italy's right against Renzi Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    By Isla Binnie ROME (Reuters) - Italy's anti-euro Northern League is starting a southern charm offensive in the populous island of Sicily as it seeks to take the leading opposition role on the right of Italian politics. Party leader Matteo Salvini apologised for his party's traditional anti-southern stance in the Sicilian capital Palermo on Sunday and took a swipe at Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, against whom Salvini has emerged as a potentially serious contender. The League was founded in the 1980s and used to campaign for the independence of northern Italy. It has seen its fortunes soar since the gruff, plain-speaking Salvini took over from party founder Umberto Bossi in 2013 after a financial scandal. More »

  • Anti-austerity forces grow in Italy after Greece vote
    Anti-austerity forces grow in Italy after Greece vote Sat, Feb 7, 2015

    In southern Europe, popular opposition has been mounting against the fiscal austerity measures demanded by Germany. More »

  • Inzaghi given vote of confidence before Juve clash
    Inzaghi given vote of confidence before Juve clash Thu, Feb 5, 2015

    By Jacopo Lomonaco ROME (Reuters) - It has been a mixed season for AC Milan's rookie coach Filippo Inzaghi but his job is safe according to chief executive Adriano Galliani as they prepare for an ominous trip to play leaders Juventus on Saturday. Milan are eighth in Serie A after a campaign containing numerous highs such as home wins against Lazio and Napoli and a scoreless draw at second placed AS Roma. Yet there have also been several low points including three losses in four games after the Christmas break, which has left them on 29 points five adrift of Sampdoria, who occupy fifth place and the final certain Europa League qualifying spot. More »

  • PREVIEW-Soccer-Europe or bust for Milan coach Inzaghi Thu, Feb 5, 2015

    By Jacopo Lomonaco ROME, Feb 5 (Reuters) - It has been a mixed season for AC Milan's rookie coach Filippo Inzaghi and his future at the club is likely to depend on his ability to steer them into a European qualifying spot. Milan, who face an ominous trip to play leaders Juventus on Saturday, are eighth in Serie A after a campaign containing numerous highs such as home wins against Lazio and Napoli and a scoreless draw at second placed Roma. Yet there have also been several low points including three losses in four games after the Christmas break, which has left them on 29 points five adrift of Sampdoria, who occupy fifth place and the final certain Europa League qualifying spot. If Inzaghi wants to hold on to his job he has to find a way to make it into the top five both owner Silvio Berlusconi and chief executive Adriano Galliani have implied in recent days. More »

  • Italy's Berlusconi declares end of reform pact with Renzi
    Italy's Berlusconi declares end of reform pact with Renzi Wed, Feb 4, 2015

    By Gavin Jones ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi lost an important ally on Wednesday when Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right Forza Italia party said it had ended its pact with him on institutional and constitutional reforms. Changing voting rules to ensure a clear winner at elections and more stable government have been a priority for Renzi since he became leader of the ruling Democratic Party (PD) in 2013. In the face of opposition by parts of the PD he has relied on the pact with Berlusconi, a former prime minister, to try to get these reforms through parliament. Forza Italia said Renzi had broken the pact by failing to consult with them over the choice of constitutional court judge Sergio Mattarella as the new head of state. More »

  • New Italian president Sergio Mattarella sworn in
    New Italian president Sergio Mattarella sworn in Tue, Feb 3, 2015

    Sergio Mattarella, a Sicilian constitutional court judge closely associated with the fight against organised crime, was sworn in on Tuesday as Italy's new president. More »

  • Judge shaves 6 weeks off Berlusconi's community service time
    Judge shaves 6 weeks off Berlusconi's community service time Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    ROME (AP) — Citing good behavior, a judge in Milan on Monday shaved six weeks off former Premier Silvio Berlusconi's once-a-week community service helping Alzheimer's patients, the media mogul's penalty for a tax fraud conviction. More »

  • Berlusconi's community service shortened for good behaviour
    Berlusconi's community service shortened for good behaviour Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    Silvio Berlusconi will not have to serve the final 45 days of a one-year community service order he received for tax fraud, a judge ruled Monday. More »

  • Italy's Berlusconi allowed to end community service sentence early
    Italy's Berlusconi allowed to end community service sentence early Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi was granted a request on Monday to end his community service sentence for tax fraud 45 days early for good behaviour, making him a free agent from early next month. Last year, the 78-year-old media magnate had a four-year jail sentence commuted into an order to spend four hours a week for a year at a centre for Alzheimer's patients, restricting his movements and political activities. Berlusconi's petition to have the sentence reduced was filed last month and approved on Monday by Milan judge Beatrice Crosti, over the objection of prosecutors, legal sources said. Berlusconi's conviction cost him his seat in the Senate and prevented him from running for election for six years, restrictions that he is still battling to have removed. More »

  • Sicilian judge Sergio Mattarella elected Italian president
    Sicilian judge Sergio Mattarella elected Italian president Sat, Jan 31, 2015

    Sergio Mattarella, a constitutional court judge from Sicily who has come to symbolise Italy's battle against organised crime, was on Saturday elected the country's president. More »

  • Italy's lawmakers elect Sergio Mattarella as president
    Italy's lawmakers elect Sergio Mattarella as president Sat, Jan 31, 2015

    ROME (AP) — Sergio Mattarella, a Constitutional Court justice widely considered to be above the political fray, was elected Saturday as Italy's president in the third day of balloting by lawmakers. More »

  • Italy elects senior judge Sergio Mattarella as president
    Italy elects senior judge Sergio Mattarella as president Sat, Jan 31, 2015

    By Steve Scherer and Paolo Biondi ROME (Reuters) - Italian lawmakers elected Sergio Mattarella, a constitutional court judge and veteran centre-left politician, as president on Saturday, handing a welcome political victory to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. Mattarella, speaking at his office in the Constitutional Court after the vote, said: "My first thoughts are of the difficulties and hopes of our citizens." He later visited the site in Rome where German troops killed 335 Italians in World War Two, saying that Europe must unite to battle terrorism the same way allied nations banded together to defeat "Nazi hate, racism, anti-Semitism, and totalitarianism". The election shows the 40-year-old Renzi in firm control of both his fractious party and his allies in the ruling majority as he seeks to pass reforms aimed at underpinning an economic recovery in Italy, where unemployment is soaring after six years of on-off recession. More »

  • Italy's new president: a quiet man marked by tragedy
    Italy's new president: a quiet man marked by tragedy Sat, Jan 31, 2015

    Italy's new president is a white-haired Sicilian who might never have got anywhere near the corridors of power but for the Mafia killing of his beloved elder brother. More »

  • Italy presidential battle heads into third day
    Italy presidential battle heads into third day Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Italy's presidential election will go into a fourth and likely decisive round on Saturday more after two more inconclusive votes on Friday. More »

  • Chances improve for Renzi's pick to become Italian president
    Chances improve for Renzi's pick to become Italian president Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Matteo Renzi forged ahead Friday with his candidate for president, even at the risk of losing broad support for his reform agenda, after initial rounds of balloting by lawmakers failed to yield a new head of state. More »

  • Italy lawmakers fail again to elect a new president
    Italy lawmakers fail again to elect a new president Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    By Steve Scherer and Paolo Biondi ROME (Reuters) - Italian lawmakers failed to pick a president in a second round of voting on Friday, but Prime Minister Matteo Renzi appeared poised to get his candidate, a senior judge, elected on Saturday when the number of votes required will be lower. Renzi's Democratic Party (PD) and a handful of allies pledged on Thursday to back Sergio Mattarella, 73, a constitutional court judge and a veteran centre-left politician. With newly elected Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras facing tricky talks with German-led European partners on renegotiating Greece's debt, a political crisis in Italy would compound uncertainty in the euro zone. Italy's 1,009 parliamentarians and regional officials eligible to pick the president began voting for a third time on Friday, but the result is likely to be the same, as a two-thirds majority is still needed. More »

  • PM backs anti-mafia figure for Italy President
    PM backs anti-mafia figure for Italy President Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Thursday backed a little-known Constitutional Court judge, whose brother was slain by the mafia, to be Italy's next president. More »

  • Italy fails to elect president in first round of voting
    Italy fails to elect president in first round of voting Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    By Steve Scherer and Gavin Jones ROME (Reuters) - Italian lawmakers failed to elect a new president in a first round of voting on Thursday, leaving Prime Minister Matteo Renzi hoping to push through his candidate only in a fourth round when the required threshold of votes is lower. Renzi proposed constitutional court judge Sergio Mattarella, 73, to be head of state, a move which angered opposition rival Silvio Berlusconi and may strain the two men's alliance over electoral and constitutional reforms. Though a largely ceremonial figure, the Italian president wields important powers at times of political instability, a frequent occurrence in Italy, when he or she can dissolve parliament, call elections and pick prime ministers. Berlusconi said his centre-right Forza Italia party would not back Mattarella and accused Renzi of breaking their pact on reforms by not proposing a jointly agreed candidate. More »

  • Italy lawmakers fail to elect new president in 1st round
    Italy lawmakers fail to elect new president in 1st round Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    ROME (AP) — Lawmakers failed to elect a new Italian president Thursday in balloting that tests Premier Matteo Renzi's ability to rally his fractured party behind a candidate that is also acceptable to opposition leader Silvio Berlusconi, whose support he has courted for the government's ambitious reform agenda. More »

  • Italy's Renzi proposes judge as president, irking Berlusconi
    Italy's Renzi proposes judge as president, irking Berlusconi Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    By Steve Scherer and Gavin Jones ROME (Reuters) - Prime Minister Matteo Renzi proposed a senior judge to be Italy's next president on Thursday in a move which may strain his government's alliance on reforms with opposition rival Silvio Berlusconi. Though a largely ceremonial figure, the Italian head of state wields important powers at times of political instability, a frequent occurrence in Italy, when the president can dissolve parliament, call elections and pick prime ministers. Renzi proposed Sergio Mattarella, a constitutional court judge and a former defence minister, as the candidate for his centre-left Democratic Party (PD) at a meeting of his party's electors. Berlusconi said he would not back Mattarella and accused Renzi of breaking their pact on reforms by not proposing a jointly agreed candidate. More »

  • Italy launches search for a new president
    Italy launches search for a new president Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Italy's parliament meets Thursday to begin selecting a new president with the race apparently wide open and much at stake for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who is keen on having a friendly figure installed as head of state. More »

  • Renzi-Berlusconi pact under fire as Italian vote reform progresses
    Renzi-Berlusconi pact under fire as Italian vote reform progresses Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    By Gavin Jones ROME (Reuters) - Italy's Senate approved Matteo Renzi's electoral reforms on Tuesday, giving the prime minister a boost as he faces criticism from the left of his party over his pact with Silvio Berlusconi. Changing voting rules to ensure a clear winner at elections and more stable government have been a priority for Renzi since he became leader of the Democratic Party (PD) at the end of 2013. What enrages the left of the PD is his determination to do it with Berlusconi, the former prime minister who they say should have been excluded from politics after he was expelled from the Senate and barred from office due to a conviction for tax fraud in 2013. The so-called "Nazarene Pact", named after the PD's headquarters in Rome's Via del Nazareno where Renzi first met Berlusconi to plan an electoral reform in January last year, has become the central theme of Italy's politics. More »

  • Greek vote shows growing European backlash against austerity
    Greek vote shows growing European backlash against austerity Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    The election result in Greece reflects a growing European backlash against austerity policies. Across the continent, support is growing for parties and groups outside the mainstream like Syriza, which ... More »