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  • Putin, Berlusconi spend weekend in _ where else _ Siberia Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) — A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin says Putin and former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi spent the weekend together at a vacation home in Siberia. More »

  • Internal Italian splits may hurt Renzi's case for EU help on migrants
    Internal Italian splits may hurt Renzi's case for EU help on migrants Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi may find it harder to enlist help from EU partners in tackling an influx of migrants after failing at talks to resolve divisions among Italy's regions over how to share the burden of the newcomers. Undercutting Renzi's position before he flew to Brussels for a European Union summit on Thursday, leaders of Italy's regional and city governments emerged from the talks sticking to party lines and showing no inclination to unite over a crisis that has eroded the popularity of the national government. Italy has so far borne the brunt of those trying to cross the Mediterranean in rickety boats, and has been trying to convince the EU to help it cope. More »

  • Days of Hope
    Days of Hope Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    An intimate look at the struggles of illegal refugees travelling across the Mediterranean, from Africa to Europe. More »

  • Italy top court rules public-sector wage freeze illegal
    Italy top court rules public-sector wage freeze illegal Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Italy's highest court, pictured on March 27, 2015, ruled that a public-sector wage freeze in place since 2010 was illegal More »

  • Italian prosecutor seeks five years for Berlusconi in bribery case
    Italian prosecutor seeks five years for Berlusconi in bribery case Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    A prosecutor in southern Italy asked a court on Wednesday to sentence four-times prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to five years in jail, accusing him of bribing senators in 2006. Naples prosecutors say the billionaire media magnate bribed Sergio De Gregorio, a former senator in the small Italy of Values party, to switch allegiance in a move that helped topple the centre-left government of then-prime minister Romano Prodi in 2007. Berlusconi has always denied the allegations. More »

  • Prosecutors seek five-year jail term for Berlusconi
    Prosecutors seek five-year jail term for Berlusconi Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Prosecutors in Naples on Wednesday asked the judge in Silvio Berlusconi's latest corruption trial to send the former prime minister and media tycoon to jail for five years. More »

  • Berlusconi ex gets 1.4 mn euros a month in divorce settlement
    Berlusconi ex gets 1.4 mn euros a month in divorce settlement Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has been ordered to pay his ex-wife 1.4 million euros ($1.5 million) in alimony as part of a divorce settlement, Italian media reported Tuesday. More »

  • Migration crisis and corruption takes toll on Italy's Renzi
    Migration crisis and corruption takes toll on Italy's Renzi Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi's popularity and public trust in his centre-left party have been damaged by corruption scandals and the immigration crisis, a new poll showed Saturday. More »

  • Exclusive - Vivendi plans to buy more Telecom Italia shares
    Exclusive - Vivendi plans to buy more Telecom Italia shares Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    By Leila Abboud, Pamela Barbaglia and Paola Arosio PARIS/LONDON/MILAN (Reuters) - French media group Vivendi plans to increase its stake in Telecom Italia to between 10 and 15 percent, cementing influence over the group once its current big shareholders exit, people familiar with the matter said. Vivendi and Telecom Italia declined to comment. Vivendi is already on track to become Telecom Italia's biggest shareholder when it receives an 8.3 percent stake as part-payment for selling Brazilian broadband group GVT to Spanish carrier Telefonica . More »

  • AC Milan fires Inzaghi and hires Mihajlovic as replacement Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    MILAN (AP) — AC Milan fired coach Filippo Inzaghi and immediately replaced him with Sinisa Mihajlovic on a two-year deal on Tuesday. More »

  • For US, sponsoring good government in Eastern Europe is all about Russia Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    Jiri Skuhrovec, a programmer and economist in Prague, Czech Republic, seems to be an unlikely protagonist in the power struggle between the United States and Russia. Today he serves as the statistical backbone of the Czech Republic’s leading anticorruption fight, Reconstruction of the State, which aims to upend the cronyism and corruption that has permeated post-Communist Czech society. Recommended: Think you know Europe? More »

  • Venice local vote delivers blow to Italian PM Renzi
    Venice local vote delivers blow to Italian PM Renzi Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    By Roberto Landucci and Isla Binnie ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's centre-left party licked its wounds on Monday after losing a weekend vote for mayor of Venice to a right-wing candidate and being unseated in four other cities. Luigi Brugnaro, a local businessman heading a centre-right alliance that includes former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia party, won around 53 percent of the vote in the northern lagoon city. The PD candidate, Felice Casson, took more than 46 percent, the Interior Ministry said. More »

  • Venice local vote set to deliver blow to Italy PM Renzi
    Venice local vote set to deliver blow to Italy PM Renzi Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's centre-left party was set to lose the race for mayor of Venice on Sunday, rounding off a round of local elections across Italy which saw gains for anti-establishment and right-wing parties last month. With counting mostly completed, Luigi Brugnaro, a local businessman heading a centre-right alliance that included former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia party, had won more than 53 percent of the vote in Venice. The centre-left candidate Felice Casson had 46 percent, according to results from the interior ministry. More »

  • US pushes sharp message on Russian 'aggression' as Putin tours Euro … Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    Ms. Power is in Kiev to open a UN office designed to implement the Minsk agreements on a cease-fire for Ukraine. The office will play a role in advising about ongoing sanctions on Moscow in response to the conflict in Ukraine. More »

  • Pope tells Putin: 'Sincere' peace efforts needed for Ukraine
    Pope tells Putin: 'Sincere' peace efforts needed for Ukraine Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis encouraged Russian President Vladimir Putin to engage in "sincere" international efforts aimed at bringing peace to Ukraine as the two men met privately at the Vatican on Wednesday. More »

  • Italy gives Putin stage to make case against sanctions
    Italy gives Putin stage to make case against sanctions Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    Russian President Vladimir Putin used a trip to Italy on Wednesday to press his case against international sanctions and was urged by Pope Francis to make a "sincere effort" for peace in Ukraine. More »

  • Putin makes anti-sanctions case in Italy
    Putin makes anti-sanctions case in Italy Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) shakes hands with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at the end of their press conference in Milan, on June 10, 2015 More »

  • Italy's Northern League steps up campaign against migrants Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    By Emilio Parodi MILAN (Reuters) - The governor of the northern Italian region of Lombardy wrote to local officials on Tuesday telling them not to accept irregular migrants sent from other parts of Italy as his right-wing party stepped up its campaign against immigration. "It is unthinkable to send more immigrants to Lombardy before rebalancing the way they are distributed," regional governor Roberto Maroni from the anti-immigrant Northern League party wrote in a letter made public by his administration. The Northern League, which consolidated its position as the strongest party on the right of Italian politics in last month's regional elections, has used the migrant crisis to attack Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's government. More »

  • New arrests as Italy probes mafia links to Rome officials
    New arrests as Italy probes mafia links to Rome officials Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    Italian police on Tuesday arrested six people, including a senior culture official, in a probe running parallel to a major investigation into a mafia network suspected of operating out of Rome city hall. More »

  • Italy's Renzi says more needed from EU on migrant crisis
    Italy's Renzi says more needed from EU on migrant crisis Mon, Jun 8, 2015

    Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi warned the EU on Monday it had to do more to deal with the tens of thousands of irregular migrants crossing into Europe but he dismissed a row among local governments over sharing the costs of accommodating them. The European Commission last week proposed an emergency plan to take 40,000 Syrian and Eritrean asylum-seekers from Italy and Greece, two Mediterranean states where most migrants first arrive, and relocate them in other European Union countries. The plan, agreed after the EU was shocked into action by the death of 800 migrants in an overcrowded fishing boat which capsized and sank in April, has already raised concerns in countries like France and Germany, which would have to take the lion's share of the arrivals. More »

  • Bee confirms Milan deal, but slams Italian media
    Bee confirms Milan deal, but slams Italian media Sun, Jun 7, 2015

    AC Milan's supporters wave flags and alight flares during a match on November 14, 2010 in San Siro stadium in Milan More »

  • Italian leaders vow not to shelter any more rescued migrants
    Italian leaders vow not to shelter any more rescued migrants Sun, Jun 7, 2015

    ROME (AP) — Heartened by recent election successes by an anti-immigrant party, Italian politicians based in the north vowed Sunday not to shelter any more migrants saved at sea, even as thousands more were being rescued in the Mediterranean from smugglers' boats in distress. More »

  • Italy's Berlusconi agrees sale of AC Milan stake to Thai businessman
    Italy's Berlusconi agrees sale of AC Milan stake to Thai businessman Fri, Jun 5, 2015

    By Elvira Pollina and Danilo Masoni MILAN (Reuters) - Silvio Berlusconi has approved a deal to sell 48 percent of football club AC Milan to a group led by Thai businessman Bee Taechaubol, a historic change for the team which the former Italian prime minister has owned since the 1980s. Taechaubol has eight weeks of exclusive negotiations to finalise the accord which aims to relaunch the AC Milan brand, especially in Asia, and boost its revenues, Berlusconi's holding company Fininvest said in a statement. AC Milan, seven times European champions, has been a central part of Berlusconi's media and political empire for three decades. More »

  • Berlusconi signs 8-week exclusivity with Bee for AC Milan
    Berlusconi signs 8-week exclusivity with Bee for AC Milan Fri, Jun 5, 2015

    AC Milan's supporters wave their flags during the Italian serie A football match between AC Milan and Juventus on November 25, 2012 at the San Siro stadium in Milan More »

  • Berlusconi near to selling 48 percent of AC Milan
    Berlusconi near to selling 48 percent of AC Milan Fri, Jun 5, 2015

    MILAN (AP) — Silvio Berlusconi is close to selling a 48-percent stake in AC Milan to a Thai investor. More »

  • Berlusconi Milan stake earmarked for sale worth 470 million euros - source Fri, Jun 5, 2015

    MILAN (Reuters) - The value of the 48 percent stake in former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's AC Milan soccer club that is earmarked to be sold could be around 470 million euros (£342 million), a source familiar with the matter said on Friday. "As an indication, they're talking about 470 million," the source said. Berlusconi's holding company Fininvest announced earlier in the day that the former leader had given his blessing for the sale to a group led by Thai businessman Bee Taechaubol. (Reporting by Elvira Pollina in Milan, writing by Steve Scherer) More »

  • Mihajlovic nears AC Milan appointment after Inzaghi fired
    Mihajlovic nears AC Milan appointment after Inzaghi fired Thu, Jun 4, 2015

    MILAN (AP) — Sinisa Mihajlovic is near to being announced as the new coach of struggling AC Milan, after Filippo Inzaghi was fired in a widely expected move. More »

  • Italy arrests 44 tied to Rome's mafia garbage king
    Italy arrests 44 tied to Rome's mafia garbage king Thu, Jun 4, 2015

    Italian police arrested 44 people Thursday accused of dealings with a powerful one-eyed mobster whose gang thrived on rigging Rome public contracts on everything from garbage disposal to park maintenance. More »

  • Renzi vows more reforms after Italian regional vote setback
    Renzi vows more reforms after Italian regional vote setback Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    By James Mackenzie and Gavin Jones ROME (Reuters) - Prime Minister Matteo Renzi promised on Monday to redouble his efforts to reform Italy and shake up his divided party after anti-establishment and euro-sceptic parties posted strong results in local elections. Centre-left candidates backed by Renzi's Democratic Party (PD) won five out of seven regions at stake, maintaining its overall position before the vote, but PD support fell sharply from last year's European elections and it lost the northwestern region of Liguria. The result dented the supremacy that Renzi has held over Italian politics since becoming prime minister thanks to an internal party coup in February 2014. More »

  • Bickering with rebels leaves Italy's left red-faced after elections
    Bickering with rebels leaves Italy's left red-faced after elections Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's centre-left party was playing the blame game Monday after suffering a setback in regional elections which saw both the right-wing Northern League and comeback kid Silvio Berlusconi celebrate key wins. More »

  • Italian premier's party claims victory in 5 of 7 regions
    Italian premier's party claims victory in 5 of 7 regions Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    MILAN (AP) — Italian Premier Matteo Renzi's Democratic Party claimed victory Monday in five of seven regions that voted for new leaders, but the real winner was the anti-Europe and once-regional Northern League that showed strong gains nationally. More »

  • Renzi licks wounds after Italy polls as right celebrates
    Renzi licks wounds after Italy polls as right celebrates Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi was licking his wounds Monday after suffering a setback in regional elections which saw both the right-wing Northern League and comeback kid Silvio Berlusconi celebrate key wins. More »

  • Italy's Renzi stumbles in local elections
    Italy's Renzi stumbles in local elections Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    By James Mackenzie and Gavin Jones ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi suffered a setback in local elections on Sunday, with a weaker-than-expected showing by his centre-left bloc and a marked rise in support for the right-wing Northern League and the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement. With 22 million Italians eligible to vote in the biggest test for Renzi since last year's European elections, projections showed centre-left candidates well ahead in the central regions of Tuscany and Marche and the southern region of Puglia. More »

  • Italian premier's Democrats facing loss in key regional race
    Italian premier's Democrats facing loss in key regional race Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    ROME (AP) — Premier Matteo Renzi's squabbling Democratic Party appeared headed for a stinging defeat in a key race in voting for governorships in several Italian regions, partial counting of ballots indicated Monday. More »

  • Counting begins in key polls testing Italian premier Renzi
    Counting begins in key polls testing Italian premier Renzi Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    The centre-left party of Italian premier Matteo Renzi faced battles in regional elections, exit polls showed Monday, after balloting which is also seen as a measure of the fading fortunes of ex-leader Silvio Berlusconi. More »