Latest Silvio Berlusconi News

Detained Berlusconi ally taken ill in Lebanon

BEIRUT (AP) — A Lebanese security official says a longtime ally of former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi detained in Leban…

  • Berlusconi given community service for tax fraud
    Berlusconi given community service for tax fraud Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi was ordered Tuesday to spend four hours a week helping the elderly to repay society for his tax fraud conviction, a sentence that imposes few restrictions on his ... More »

  • Italian court orders Berlusconi to do community service
    Italian court orders Berlusconi to do community service Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    An Italian court on Tuesday ordered former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to do a year of community service in a Catholic Church-run old people's home in a symbolic but humiliating punishment for tax fraud. More »

  • Berlusconi lawyers pleased with community service ruling Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    An Italian court ruling ordering former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to do community service once a week at a centre for the elderly is "satisfactory" given the centre-right politician's need to carry out political activity, his lawyers said. "The decision of the Milan court appears to be balanced and satisfactory with regards to Berlusconi's political activity needs," lawyers Franco Coppi and Niccolo Ghedini said in a statement on Tuesday. Berlusconi, 77, remains Italy's most-prominent centre-right politician and his Forza Italia party is campaigning for seats in the May election for the European Parliament. More »

  • Berlusconi Told To Work In Old People's Home
    Berlusconi Told To Work In Old People's Home Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has been ordered to do a year of community service for his tax fraud conviction. Berlusconi's conviction for tax fraud, which was upheld last year , stems from his purchase of television distribution rights in the 1990s. Berlusconi has already been expelled from parliament and banned from standing for office for six years. His community service sentence could also be cut for good behaviour. More »

  • Silvio Berlusconi Sentenced to Community Service at Old People's Home
    Silvio Berlusconi Sentenced to Community Service at Old People's Home Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Silvio Berlusconi has been ordered to serve his one-year sentence for tax fraud doing community service at a centre for the elderly. A Milan court agreed to a request put forward by lawyers for former Italian prime minister and backed by prosecutors that he be spared house arrest and serve his time performing "socially useful" work instead. Berlusconi will care for disabled pensioners at an old people's home selected by probation officers near his Arcore villa outside Milan. The media mogul has been allowed to travel from Milan to Rome three times a week to carry out political activities but will need a special permit to leave Milan's region of Lombardy for any other reason. More »

  • Italian court: Ex-PM Berlusconi to serve community service for tax fraud at … Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Italian court: Ex-PM Berlusconi to serve community service for tax fraud at center for elderly. More »

  • Berlusconi ordered to do community service
    Berlusconi ordered to do community service Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Italian court orders former prime minister to do a year of community service, limit his movements and respect a curfew. More »

  • Andrea Pirlo Autobiography: Silvio Berlusconi Blocked Move to Chelsea
    Andrea Pirlo Autobiography: Silvio Berlusconi Blocked Move to Chelsea Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Andrea Pirlo says a prospective move to Chelsea collapsed in 2009 after AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi refused to agree a fee to allow the Italian international to move to Stamford Bridge. More »

  • Italy’s Baby-Making Troubles
    Italy’s Baby-Making Troubles Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Ever-changing laws leave Italian couples mystified as the Catholic Church does battle with the fertility doctors. More »

  • Berlusconi loses his long-time spokesman before European vote
    Berlusconi loses his long-time spokesman before European vote Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    The spokesman who shadowed former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi for almost two decades quit the centre-right leader's party on Sunday, a statement said, the latest blow to the media magnate ahead of a crucial European Parliament vote in May. No one was seen standing by Berlusconi's side more than Paolo Bonaiuti, the billionaire's media gatekeeper and spin doctor during three of his four stints in the prime minister's office. "I wish Silvio Berlusconi my heartfelt best, with the sincerity and affection with which I worked by his side every day for 18 years." Bonaiuti, a senator and former journalist, said that, while he was leaving Forza Italia, he would "stay in the centre-right" to "give a hand" to reform-minded and moderate political forces. Italian media have reported he will join the New Centre Right party, a splinter group that broke with Berlusconi last year and now supports Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's government. The high-profile defection of the man who sat next to Berlusconi nodding "Yes" during most of his public appearances is a further blow to the 77-year-old conservative leader, who has dominated Italian politics for the past 20 years. More »

  • Berlusconi ally arrested in Lebanon ahead of mafia ruling
    Berlusconi ally arrested in Lebanon ahead of mafia ruling Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    An ex-senator friend of former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi was arrested on Saturday in Lebanon where he was on the run over charges of mafia ties, the Italian interior ministry announced. More »

  • Berlusconi ally faces extradition from Lebanon Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    MILAN (AP) — A longtime Berlusconi ally imminently facing the final appeal to his conviction of Mafia association has been detained in Lebanon. More »

  • Beirut police detain Berlusconi ally ahead of mafia verdict
    Beirut police detain Berlusconi ally ahead of mafia verdict Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    By Steve Scherer ROME (Reuters) - Beirut police on Saturday picked up a long-time political ally and friend of former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi after he was declared a fugitive earlier this week. A Palermo court said on Friday that former senator Marcello Dell'Utri, who co-founded Berlusconi's Forza Italia party in 1994, was considered a fugitive ahead of a final verdict in a trial for mafia collusion, due on Tuesday. "He was captured and is now in a Lebanese police office," Interior Minister Angelino Alfano, a former Berlusconi ally who broke with the centre-right leader last year, said on the sidelines of a political rally in Rome. But Dell'Utri, in a statement issued through his lawyer, Giuseppe Di Peri, responded on Friday that he had left the country for medical tests and some rest after undergoing an angioplasty a few weeks ago. More »

  • Longtime Berlusconi ally declared fugitive ahead of mafia verdict
    Longtime Berlusconi ally declared fugitive ahead of mafia verdict Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    By Wladimir Pantaleone PALERMO, Italy (Reuters) - A longtime political ally, business associate and friend of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has left the country ahead of a final ruling on mafia collusion charges, a Palermo prosecutor said on Friday. ... More »

  • Italy: Berlusconi ally declared fugitive Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    MILAN (AP) — A long-time ally of Silvio Berlusconi was declared a fugitive on Friday, days before Italy's highest court hears the final appeal of his conviction for Mafia association. More »

  • Berlusconi's Ally Marcello Dell'Utri 'Flees Abroad' Ahead of …
    Berlusconi's Ally Marcello Dell'Utri 'Flees Abroad' Ahead of … Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    Silvio Berlusconi's former right-hand man, Marcello Dell'Utri, has allegedly absconded abroad days before an Italian court was expected to uphold a conviction for mafia ties against him. Police went to Dell'Utri's Milan home to take him into custody fearing he might flee ahead of the final hearing of a trial on charges of mafia association, but he was nowhere to be found. Detectives suspect that the co-founder of Berlusconi's Forza Italia party escaped to Lebanon, Guinea-Bissau or the Dominican Republic, three countries where he allegedly fostered good political relations during his years as a senator. The 72-year-old was released pending a final appeal he lodged with Italy's top court, the Court of Cassation in Rome, which is expected to deliver its verdict next week. More »

  • Italy's Berlusconi headed for community service
    Italy's Berlusconi headed for community service Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    Italian prosecutors on Thursday approved a request by Silvio Berlusconi's lawyers for the three-time prime minister to do community service rather than face house arrest following a tax fraud conviction. More »

  • Prosecutor, defence urge community service for Berlusconi
    Prosecutor, defence urge community service for Berlusconi Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    By Emilio Parodi MILAN (Reuters) - Both the prosecution and defence have asked a Milan court to order former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to serve a one-year sentence for tax fraud doing community service, judicial sources said on Thursday. The ruling will be crucial in determining what role the 77-year-old - still the most influential political figure on Italy's right - can continue to play in public life over the coming year. Berlusconi could in theory be sent to prison or put under house arrest, but as both the prosecutor and his lawyers favour community service, this appears the most likely outcome. An Italian government agency earlier asked for Berlusconi to work in a centre for the elderly. More »

  • Prosecutor says Berlusconi sentence should be community service Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    A Milan prosecutor on Thursday recommended that former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi should serve his one-year sentence for tax fraud doing community service, as requested by Berlusconi's lawyers, a judicial source said. Berlusconi could in theory be sent to prison or put under house arrest, but as both the prosecutor and his lawyers favour community service, this is the most likely outcome. More »

  • Milan and Inter fighting over Europa League crumbs
    Milan and Inter fighting over Europa League crumbs Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    By Terry Daley ROME (Reuters) - Accustomed to fighting for the game's biggest honours, Inter Milan and AC Milan finds themselves in a seven-team scrap for a place in the unloved Europa League as their patchy Serie A campaigns draw to a close. Seven-times European champions Milan host bottom club Catania on Sunday (7.45 p.m. British Time) and are in the strange position of being in with a shout of a Europa League spot despite languishing in 11th place, after a bizarre season that has cost them one manager and featured infighting behind the scenes. Clarence Seedorf, who won two Champions Leagues with the club as a player, has had a rocky ride since taking over as coach from Massimiliano Allegri in January. But an upturn in form - his side have picked up 10 points from a possible 12 and have won three on the bounce - have left Milan five points behind fifth-placed Inter who have only picked up three points over the same period. More »

  • PREVIEW-Soccer-Milan and Inter fighting over Europa League crumbs Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    By Terry Daley ROME, April 10 (Reuters) - Accustomed to fighting for the game's biggest honours, Inter Milan and AC Milan finds themselves in a seven-team scrap for a place in the unloved Europa League as their patchy Serie A campaigns draw to a close. Seven-times European champions Milan host bottom club Catania on Sunday (1845 GMT) and are in the strange position of being in with a shout of a Europa League spot despite languishing in 11th place, after a bizarre season that has cost them one manager and featured infighting behind the scenes. Clarence Seedorf, who won two Champions Leagues with the club as a player, has had a rocky ride since taking over as coach from Massimiliano Allegri in January. But an upturn in form - his side have picked up 10 points from a possible 12 and have won three on the bounce - have left Milan five points behind fifth-placed Inter who have only picked up three points over the same period. More »

  • Convict Berlusconi braces for key court date
    Convict Berlusconi braces for key court date Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    Italy's Silvio Berlusconi braced for a crucial court date on Thursday that will result in the three-time former prime minister losing freedom of movement for a few months although avoiding actual prison time. More »

  • Italy scraps ban on donor-assisted reproduction
    Italy scraps ban on donor-assisted reproduction Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    Italy's Constitutional Court on Wednesday struck down a Catholic Church-backed ban against assisted reproduction with sperm or egg donors that has forced thousands of sterile couples to seek help abroad. More »

  • Italy's Renzi under fire over budget plan as EU prepares verdict
    Italy's Renzi under fire over budget plan as EU prepares verdict Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    By Gavin Jones ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi defended his fiscal reform plans on Wednesday against critics inside and outside his Democratic Party as the European Commission reminded Italy of its commitment to balance its budget. Renzi, who outlined his government's Economic and Financial Document (DEF) late on Tuesday, was criticised for failing to provide detail on promised spending cuts and for using one-off revenues to help finance plans for permanent tax cuts. The DEF, which must be presented to the European Commission, updates the government's economic forecasts and provides the framework for its fiscal plans over coming years. Stefano Fassina, a PD member and ex-junior economy minister who has often clashed with Renzi, said the DEF marked no shift in economic policy that had failed Italy in recent years and would result in "less growth, fewer jobs and more public debt". More »

  • Berlusconi may serve tax fraud sentence caring for the elderly
    Berlusconi may serve tax fraud sentence caring for the elderly Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    An Italian government agency has asked a court whether former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi can serve a one-year sentence for tax fraud by working in a centre for the elderly, judicial sources said on Tuesday. The 77-year old centre-right leader has dominated politics in Italy for decades, but was expelled from the Senate last November after being convicted for tax fraud at his Mediaset television network. At a hearing on Thursday, judges are due to begin deliberating whether Berlusconi, who denies the tax fraud charge, should serve his time under house arrest or by doing social work. According to the proposal by the government social services agency and deposited with the court, Berlusconi would work just one day a week at the elderly centre, the judicial sources said. More »

  • Italy's Renzi says he has found funding for tax cuts
    Italy's Renzi says he has found funding for tax cuts Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    By Stefano Bernabei ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Tuesday he had found ways to fund a pledged 7 billion euro tax cut this year, moving to reassure sceptics and European officials that Italy does not plan to upend its public finances to fuel economic growth. Speaking to reporters before a cabinet meeting to lay out his new government's economic goals, Renzi shrugged off scepticism from opponents that a set of tax cuts were an electioneering gambit ahead of next month's European elections. "The tax cuts are funded from the very first day. The DEF is expected to cut the previous government's growth forecast for this year, but make little change to targets for the fiscal deficit. More »

  • Eni top spot in play as Italy prepares to shake up state firms
    Eni top spot in play as Italy prepares to shake up state firms Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    By Stephen Jewkes MILAN (Reuters) - The government of Matteo Renzi is looking to wipe the slate clean and seek new names at Italy's main state-controlled groups including oil major Eni as top management comes up for renewal, government, political and industry sources said. New centre-left Prime Minister Renzi, nicknamed 'Demolition Man' for his campaigning for generational change in Italy, came to power in February promising to shake up the country's cosy elites and breathe fresh air into an ageing establishment. The 39-year-old Renzi has kept his cards close to his chest on the names that will be proposed as early as this weekend to replace top executives at the likes of Eni, utility Enel and defence group Finmeccanica . One government source told Reuters the positions of Eni CEO Paolo Scaroni and Enel's boss Fulvio Conti, both veterans in the energy sector, looked particularly shaky while political sources said Renzi was looking for new faces. More »

  • Berlusconi sees social worker before final tax-fraud sentence
    Berlusconi sees social worker before final tax-fraud sentence Mon, Apr 7, 2014

    By Manuela D'Alessandro MILAN (Reuters) - Silvio Berlusconi has had a meeting with a social worker to determine whether he can be reinserted into civil society after serving his time for tax fraud, in the latest humiliation for the billionaire former prime minister. The 77-year-old centre-right leader, who has dominated Italian politics for two decades, was convicted in August last year of tax fraud at his Mediaset television network and given a four-year sentence, commuted to one. A panel of two Milan judges and two law professors is scheduled to meet at 5 p.m.(1500 GMT) on Thursday to begin discussing whether he should spend his sentence under house arrest or doing public service. Berlusconi, who spent Thursday and Friday nights in hospital to have tests run on a swollen knee, could claim to have a "legitimate impediment" and ask to have the hearing postponed. More »

  • Is It Time Italy Took Beppe Grillo's Five Star Movement More Seriously?
    Is It Time Italy Took Beppe Grillo's Five Star Movement More Seriously? Sun, Apr 6, 2014

    Italian politician Beppe Grillo has launched a campaign against the euro ahead of next month's European parliamentary elections.  According to the Five Star Movement's leader: "Countries that don't have the euro, like the UK, are better off". As opinion polls predict Grillo's movement will take second place to the centre-left democratic party of prime minister Matteo Renzi, IBTimes UK looks at the charismatic comedian-turned politician who is now calling for a single-currency referendum in Italy. Who is Beppe Grillo?  More »

  • Italy's Berlusconi demands Renzi's Senate reform be negotiated
    Italy's Berlusconi demands Renzi's Senate reform be negotiated Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    Italian centre-right leader Silvio Berlusconi on Saturday demanded a renegotiation of a reform of the upper house of parliament to which Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has tied his political future. Renzi, 39, has vowed to quit if parliament blocks the reform of the Senate, part of a wider drive to slim down Italy's political apparatus and fix an electoral system blamed for creating deadlock and unstable governments. Berlusconi had previously said his centre-right Forza Italia party would back the package, whose outlines he agreed with Renzi in January. If Forza Italia were to oppose the measure, Renzi's coalition with the New Centre Right party and other smaller groups would still have a theoretical majority in the Senate of 169 votes to 139. More »

  • George Bush: My World Leader Portraits Will Wow
    George Bush: My World Leader Portraits Will Wow Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    Former US President George Bush has said world leaders will be shocked by his artistic skills when they see his portraits of them. The 67-year-old, who took up painting after leaving the White House five years ago, put his collection on display at the George W Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas, Texas. One of the most striking works is a stern-faced portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin, which hangs alongside paintings of many other famous faces, including former Prime Minister Tony Blair, Italian leader Silvio Berlusconi and the Dalai Lama. In an interview with NBC's Today show , Mr Bush said: "I think they're going to be (like), 'Wow, George Bush is a painter'. More »

  • Italy ex-PM Berlusconi in hospital with swollen knee
    Italy ex-PM Berlusconi in hospital with swollen knee Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    By Sara Rossi MILAN (Reuters) - Four-time Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi spent the night in a Milan hospital to have tests on a swollen knee, sources said on Friday, confirming reports in the Italian media. The 77-year-old billionaire media magnate checked into San Raffaele hospital on Thursday evening, the sources close to the situation said, without giving further details on his condition. Next week Berlusconi is scheduled to go before a judge who must decide whether he should serve a one-year sentence from a tax fraud conviction last year doing community service or under house arrest. Dozens of lawmakers split with his party and they now back Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's government while Berlusconi remains in opposition. More »

  • Berlusconi hospitalised ahead of key court ruling
    Berlusconi hospitalised ahead of key court ruling Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    Silvio Berlusconi has been taken to hospital with knee pains, Italian media reported on Friday, ahead of a crucial week in which a court is due to rule whether he will go under house arrest or do community service. More »

  • Berlusconi hospitalized with inflamed knee Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    MILAN (AP) — Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi has been hospitalized with an inflamed knee. More »

  • Ex-Berlusconi government official arrested for mafia collusion
    Ex-Berlusconi government official arrested for mafia collusion Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    By Amalia De Simone and Steve Scherer NAPLES (Reuters) - Italian police arrested a former member of Silvio Berlusconi's government, accusing him of colluding with the mafia to quash competition against his family's petrol distributorship near Naples, officials said on Thursday. Nicola Cosentino, an undersecretary in the Economy Ministry from 2008-2010 and the ex-boss of Berlusconi's party in the region around Naples, was arrested along with 12 others on suspicion of extortion and unfair competitive practices. Seven-time Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti was acquitted of mafia charges but found to have ties to the Sicilian Mafia's top bosses before 1980. Berlusconi himself has been investigated, though never tried, for ties to organised crime. More »