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  • Allegri: Juventus still has unfinished business at home
    Allegri: Juventus still has unfinished business at home Fri, May 15, 2015

    TURIN, Italy (AP) — What a difference a year makes. More »

  • Italy parliament passes Renzi's electoral reform
    Italy parliament passes Renzi's electoral reform Mon, May 4, 2015

    By Roberto Landucci ROME (Reuters) - Italy's parliament on Monday gave final approval to a new electoral law championed by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi despite furious objections from the opposition and some members of the ruling Democratic Party. The electoral overhaul, which becomes law after more than a year of discussion in both chambers of parliament, is a central part of Renzi's political and economic reform agenda. Renzi says it will provide political stability to Italy, which has already seen four different governments since the start of the decade, and end the backroom horsetrading between parties often needed to form ruling coalitions. "There will be a system in which our country will finally be a point of reference for political stability which is a precondition for economic and cultural development," Renzi said earlier on Monday. More »

  • Italy approves electoral law to end revolving door governments
    Italy approves electoral law to end revolving door governments Mon, May 4, 2015

    Italy's parliament on Monday approved a radical new electoral law designed to ensure the country's elections always produce governments with working majorities. More »

  • Thai businessman expects Milan stake in 3-4 weeks
    Thai businessman expects Milan stake in 3-4 weeks Sun, May 3, 2015

    Thai businessman Bee Taechaubol is planning a shakeup of fading Italian football club AC Milan once he becomes a stakeholder, a deal he said he had no issues financing and that should be wrapped up this month. Returning to Thailand on Sunday after talks in Milan, Bee would not be drawn on details of a deal long shrouded in secrecy but said money was "not a problem" and talks with former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi were going well. AC Milan have been European Champions seven times but have had no silverware since winning their 18th Serie A title in 2011. Italian media reports said Bee, executive director of private equity group Thai Prime, was offering 500 million euros (£370 million) for a 51 percent stake in Milan. More »

  • Berlusconi will keep control of AC Milan, Fininvest says
    Berlusconi will keep control of AC Milan, Fininvest says Sun, May 3, 2015

    Silvio Berlusconi will keep control of his AC Milan football club but could sell a minority stake, his holding company said on Saturday following talks between the former Italian prime minister and Thai businessman Bee Taechaubol. Berlusconi met Bee for the second time this week but a statement from Fininvest dismissed growing media speculation in recent months that he could sell a majority stake in Milan, one of Italy's most glamorous clubs. "The proposed collaboration, which remains to be defined in many points, foresees the acquisition of a minority stake by a group of investors and that control of the club remains solidly in the hands of President Silvio Berlusconi and Fininvest," the statement read. More »

  • Berlusconi in talks to sell stake in Milan to Thai investor
    Berlusconi in talks to sell stake in Milan to Thai investor Sat, May 2, 2015

    MILAN (AP) — AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi is exploring selling a stake to an investment group headed by a Thai businessman but the former Italian prime minister plans to retain control of the prestigious Serie A club. More »

  • Berlusconi's son appointed Mediaset CEO
    Berlusconi's son appointed Mediaset CEO Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    Pier Silvio Berlusconi, son of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, at the Venice film festival on September 2, 2009 More »

  • Mediaset appoints Berlusconi's son as CEO
    Mediaset appoints Berlusconi's son as CEO Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    By Paolo Biondi and Danilo Masoni ROME/MILAN (Reuters) - Italy's biggest commercial broadcaster Mediaset appointed Pier Silvio Berlusconi as chief executive of his family's business on Thursday, to steer the company through a fast-consolidating media industry. The 46-year-old son of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi will replace long-standing CEO Giuliano Adreani, the company said in a statement. Pier Silvio will remain deputy chairman of Mediaset, which has been at the centre of speculation about a possible deal with Vivendi . Cash-rich French media group Vivendi and Rupert Murdoch's Sky could be interested in Berlusconi's television assets, which include pay-tv unit Mediaset Premium. More »

  • Italy's Renzi wins final confidence vote on electoral law
    Italy's Renzi wins final confidence vote on electoral law Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    By Gavin Jones ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi won the last of three confidence votes on a fiercely contested new electoral law on Thursday, defying opposition parties and dissidents within his own Democratic Party (PD). Most opposition lawmakers as well as around 38 PD rebels abstained in protest at both the content of the bill and Renzi's decision to force it through with confidence votes that truncate discussion or amendments. Renato Brunetta, lower house leader of Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia party, accused Renzi of "fascism" in riding rough-shod over the opposition to change the electoral system. The new electoral law, which would come into effect in July next year, is based on proportional representation but awards a heavy majority to the winning party with the aim of ensuring that a clear victor emerges. More »

  • Inzaghi to stay on as Milan coach
    Inzaghi to stay on as Milan coach Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    Filippo Inzaghi has clung on to his job as AC Milan coach following their 3-1 home defeat by Genoa and will stay unless there are any major changes, the club said on Thursday. Italian media reported on Thursday morning that Inzaghi could be replaced by youth team coach Cristian Brocchi for the final five matches of the season in an attempt to save the club from further embarrassment. Milan have 43 points from 33 matches -- 33 fewer than leaders Juventus. More »

  • Juventus needs a point at Sampdoria to start title party
    Juventus needs a point at Sampdoria to start title party Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    MILAN (AP) — One point is all Juventus needs. More »

  • Tevez scores twice but Juve made to wait for title by Lazio
    Tevez scores twice but Juve made to wait for title by Lazio Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    Carlos Tevez scored twice to give Serie A leaders Juventus a 3-2 win over Fiorentina on Wednesday but Lazio prevented them from celebrating the title by thumping bottom club Parma 4-0, which condemned their opponents to Serie B. Juventus stayed 14 points clear of Lazio with five games to play and, with the better head-to-head record, need a draw at Sampdoria on Saturday to clinch a fourth successive Serie A title. "At this stage it would take a miracle in reverse for us not to win the title," said Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri. More »

  • Berlusconi meeting Thai businessman over Milan stake sale
    Berlusconi meeting Thai businessman over Milan stake sale Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    By Paolo Biondi and Simon Webb ROME/BANGKOK (Reuters) - Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi met Thai businessman Bee Taechaubol on Wednesday to discuss the sale of a stake in Serie A football club AC Milan, which he has owned for almost 30 years. A source close to Berlusconi said the meeting may not be decisive but would be "certainly very important". A report in Italian financial daily Sole 24 Ore on Wednesday said Bee, who travelled to Italy earlier this week, planned to present a 500-million euro ($550 million) offer for a 51 percent stake in AC Milan. More »

  • Mediaset sees opportunities to work with Vivendi
    Mediaset sees opportunities to work with Vivendi Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    Italy's biggest commercial broadcaster Mediaset sees opportunities to work with French group Vivendi although no joint projects are in the offing, Mediaset's vice chairman said on Wednesday. Pier Silvio Berlusconi also said selling the Berlusconi family's controlling stake in Mediaset was out of the question, following a report in a French publication this week that Vivendi was "actively looking" at a purchase of Mediaset. Vivendi has 15 billion euros of cash that it wants to deploy to become a champion in European media and speculation that it could consider taking over Mediaset this week sent shares in the Italian group to their highest since mid-April. "There is the possibility to work together, but there are no projects that will start in the very short term," Berlusconi, son of former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, told reporters at a shareholder meeting. More »

  • Italy PM defies rebels with confidence vote on election law
    Italy PM defies rebels with confidence vote on election law Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    By Roberto Landucci ROME (Reuters) - The Italian government has put its bitterly contested electoral reform to a confidence vote in parliament, forcing rebels in Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's Democratic Party (PD) to back him or face new elections. The announcement by Institutional Reform Minister Maria Elena Boschi angered opposition politicians, who accused Renzi of a "fascist" power grab and hurled abuse at government ranks. PD party rebels suggested that they would shun the ballots rather than actually vote against their own government, making it more likely that Renzi will win the confidence motions. More »

  • AC Milan sale 'anything but certain' - executive
    AC Milan sale 'anything but certain' - executive Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    MILAN (Reuters) - A sale of Italian Serie A soccer club AC Milan is far from being a done deal, the vice president of the club said on Tuesday. "It (the sale) is anything but certain," Adriano Galliani said during a shareholders meeting. According to a source, Thai businessman Bee Taechaubol has travelled to Italy for talks to buy a stake in the club which is owned by former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. Berlusconi owns the club through his holding Fininvest which also controls TV broadcaster Mediaset. (Reporting by Elvira Pollina, writing by Stephen Jewkes; editing by Agnieszka Flak) More »

  • Italy's Renzi appeals to party rebels to pass electoral reform
    Italy's Renzi appeals to party rebels to pass electoral reform Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    By Gavin Jones ROME (Reuters) - Prime Minister Matteo Renzi appealed on Monday to dissidents within his party to support a fiercely contested proposal for electoral reform, saying the dignity of the ruling Democratic Party (PD) is at stake. The reform, which has been under discussion in the Italian parliament for more than a year, began a second reading in the lower house Chamber of Deputies on Monday, with up to 100 rebel PD lawmakers continuing to call for changes. Renzi says the shake up is necessary to give Italy more stable and efficient government and is determined to have it approved by the end of May at the latest. "If this electoral law doesn't get through then the idea of the PD as a motor of change for Italy will disappear," Renzi said in an open letter to the party, posted on its website. More »

  • Milan players confined to training camp indefinitely
    Milan players confined to training camp indefinitely Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    AC Milan's players have been ordered to attend an indefinite training camp by furious coach Filippo Inzaghi following their dismal performance in Saturday's 2-1 Serie A defeat at Udinese. "The team will meet up again at Milanello (Milan's training ground) for dinner, beginning the "ritiro" for real," said Milan in a statement. The team could remain at Milanello until Wednesday, or until May 3, May 10, May 17, May 24 or May 31, depending on the decision of the Milan coach, which will be based on the quality of their performances." Seven-times European champions Milan are stuck in 10th in Serie A and set to miss out on European football for the second season running. Inzaghi became their third coach in less than a year when he was appointed at the start of the season and has fared just as badly as predecessors Massimiliano Allegri and Clarence Seedorf. More »

  • Sky approached Mediaset to buy pay-TV unit - sources
    Sky approached Mediaset to buy pay-TV unit - sources Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    By Elvira Pollina and Danilo Masoni MILAN (Reuters) - The Italian unit of Sky Plc approached Italian broadcaster Mediaset to buy its unprofitable pay-TV business Mediaset Premium but was rebuffed, according to two sources close to the matter. Mediaset Premium last year won exclusive rights to broadcast Champions League soccer matches in Italy for an estimated 700 million euros (500.78 million pounds), stretching its cost base but giving it a powerful commercial advantage over Sky Italia. A spokesman for Sky Italia declined to comment. Discussions over the possible sale of the pay-TV operation come at a time when the 78-year-old media tycoon Berlusconi is taking steps to reshape his business empire which also includes soccer club AC Milan. More »

  • Today in History Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Today is Thursday, April 23, the 113th day of 2015. There are 252 days left in the year. More »

  • Italian opposition step up fight against Renzi's electoral reform
    Italian opposition step up fight against Renzi's electoral reform Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    By Roberto Landucci ROME (Reuters) - Resistance to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's proposed reform of Italy's electoral law hardened on Tuesday when opposition parties walked out of a parliamentary committee intended to discuss the changes. The plan is contested by parts of his own Democratic Party (PD) as well as by opposition parties on both the left and right. The anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right Forza Italia, the anti-immigrant Northern League and the leftist SEL party abandoned the lower house constitutional affairs committee after Renzi replaced 10 PD rebels on the committee with party loyalists. More »

  • Hundreds drown off Libya, EU leaders forced to reconsider migrant crisis
    Hundreds drown off Libya, EU leaders forced to reconsider migrant crisis Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    By Antonio Denti PALERMO, Italy (Reuters) - As many as 700 migrants were feared dead on Sunday after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean, raising pressure on Europe to face down anti-immigrant bias and find money for support as turmoil in Libya and the Middle East worsens the crisis. If the death toll is confirmed, it will bring to 1,500 the total number of people who died this year seeking to reach Europe - a swelling exodus that prompted Europe to downsize its seek and rescue border protection programme in a bid to deter them. After news of Sunday's disaster several government leaders called for emergency talks and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said foreign ministers would discuss the immigration crisis at a meeting in Luxembourg on Monday. European Council President Donald Tusk said he was considering calling a special meeting of EU leaders, a summit that Renzi had called for earlier. More »

  • Telecom Italia's TV deal with Sky to last five years
    Telecom Italia's TV deal with Sky to last five years Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Telecom Italia's agreement to offer the full content of TV company Sky Italia on its networks will last five years, it said on Thursday, launching a service that will help boost broadband demand in Italy. The agreement, first announced about one year ago, could make Telecom Italia's broadband offering more attractive and help Sky Italia reach more clients on top of those who already receive its programmes via satellite. "The deal will last for five years but it can be renewed because it has strategic value," Telecom Italia Chief Executive Marco Patuano said at a news conference. The quadruple play offer will be available to Telecom Italia customers with fibre-optic or ADSL connections at a promotional price from today. More »

  • Italy PM Renzi faces party revolt over electoral law
    Italy PM Renzi faces party revolt over electoral law Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    A senior parliamentary figure in Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's ruling centre-left Democratic Party (PD) resigned on Wednesday in protest over his proposed new electoral law, underlining unrest among government backbenchers. Roberto Speranza, the PD's lower house parliamentary floor leader, told a meeting of the party late on Wednesday that he was stepping down because he disagreed with government policy. Speranza is one of a group of around 100 centre-left deputies who have resisted plans to overhaul the electoral system, several of whom also walked out of the meeting in Rome. Speranza's resignation as floor leader will not in itself affect Renzi's ability to govern and it is unclear whether party rebels will vote against the government in parliament. More »

  • Italy court lifts constraints on Berlusconi after tax fraud sentence
    Italy court lifts constraints on Berlusconi after tax fraud sentence Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi will be free to travel abroad after a court in Milan declared on Tuesday that he had fully served his sentence for tax fraud, although he will still be prevented from running for election. A judicial source said the court had filed the declaration that Berlusconi's sentence had been completed, meaning his passport will be returned to him. Berlusconi was given a four-year jail sentence for his part in a tax fraud scheme at his Mediaset broadcasting empire but he was only ordered to perform a year of community service at an old people's home, a period he completed last month. The tax fraud sentence hastened Berlusconi's political decline by forcing him to quit his seat in the Senate and adopt a much lower public profile than he previously enjoyed as one of Europe's best-known leaders. More »

  • Lazio beats Empoli 4-0 to go above Roma into 2nd in Serie A
    Lazio beats Empoli 4-0 to go above Roma into 2nd in Serie A Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    MILAN (AP) — Lazio beat Empoli 4-0 to take over second spot in Serie A from city rival Roma, which was held 1-1 at Torino on Sunday. More »

  • Italy soul-searches after deadly court shooting
    Italy soul-searches after deadly court shooting Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    Italy debated Friday whether a deadly court shooting in which a man on trial for bankruptcy pulled out a gun and shot a judge and two others dead was a symptom of deeper social ills. More »

  • Italian right-wing leader says Facebook blocks his personal page
    Italian right-wing leader says Facebook blocks his personal page Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    By Isla Binnie ROME (Reuters) - Matteo Salvini, leader of Italy's anti-immigration Northern League party, said on Thursday Facebook had blocked his personal page for 24 hours because he used the word "gipsy" in posts. Salvini, who is trying to establish himself as a contender to lead Italy's fractured opposition against centre-left premier Matteo Renzi, frequently lambasts foreigners in an appeal to anti-immigrant sentiment which has grown during three years of economic recession and stagnation. The bearded 42-year-old has posted messages this week about Nigerians, Roma and other east Europeans in Italy, prompting abusive responses from followers including suggestions immigrants should be shot or burned alive. A Facebook spokeswoman said there was a temporary block on Salvini's page because it violated Facebook policies around "hate speech". More »

  • Berlusconi fights to keep party together amid new defections Sat, Apr 4, 2015

    ROME (AP) — Silvio Berlusconi is battling to keep his Forza Italia party together after recent high-profile defections have left his camp scrambling to show a united front ahead of May regional elections. More »

  • China's drinks king denies plans to buy Italy's AC Milan
    China's drinks king denies plans to buy Italy's AC Milan Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    By Sue-Lin Wong and Adam Jourdan SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The billionaire chairman of Chinese drinks maker Hangzhou Wahaha Group Co has knocked back reports he is planning a bid for struggling Italian soccer giants AC Milan, currently controlled by Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. Zong Qinghou, worth an estimated $19 billion according to the latest annual Hurun rich list, said reports in Italian media that he was planning to purchase up to 75 percent of the Italian team were "sheer fiction". "We have no intention of getting into the soccer sphere, and have not made any contact with AC Milan," Zong said on his official Sina Weibo microblog account on Thursday. China's billionaires have been starting to snap up sporting assets outside the country's borders. More »

  • Soccer-China's drinks king denies plans to buy Italy's AC Milan Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    By Sue-Lin Wong and Adam Jourdan SHANGHAI, April 2 (Reuters) - The billionaire chairman of Chinese drinks maker Hangzhou Wahaha Group Co has knocked back reports he is planning a bid for struggling Italian soccer giants AC Milan, currently controlled by Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. Zong Qinghou, worth an estimated $19 billion according to the latest annual Hurun rich list, said reports in Italian media that he was planning to purchase up to 75 percent of the Italian team were "sheer fiction". "We have no intention of getting into the soccer sphere, and have not made any contact with AC Milan," Zong said on his official Sina Weibo microblog account on Thursday. China's billionaires have been starting to snap up sporting assets outside the country's borders. More »

  • U.S. SEC accuses financier Lynn Tilton of defrauding investors
    U.S. SEC accuses financier Lynn Tilton of defrauding investors Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    U.S. regulators on Monday accused flamboyant New York financier Lynn Tilton and her advisory business of defrauding investors by hiding poor performance of assets underlying three collateralized loan obligation funds. The Securities and Exchange Commission said Tilton and several of her Patriarch Partners firms were able to collect almost $200 million in fees by not properly valuing the assets in the funds through the methodology described to investors. Tilton plans to fight the SEC's charges in the agency's in-house court, a Patriarch spokeswoman said. In an administrative hearing, SEC enforcement lawyers and the defense counsel present their case before an agency judge. More »

  • Thousands march through Rome against Renzi's labour reform Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    By Gavin Jones ROME (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of workers marched through the centre of Rome on Saturday against Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's reform of the labour market, headed by a popular union chief who is seen by many as a possible future leader of Italy's left. The march was organised by Italy's main engineering union, the FIOM, whose leader Maurizio Landini is trying to unite the fragmented political left into what he calls a "social coalition" against Renzi. He accuses the 40-year-old prime minister of moving his Democratic Party (PD) too far towards the political centre, abandoning it traditional roots. "A new springtime begins today for Italy," Landini said, surrounded by supporters waving the FIOM's red flags. More »

  • Italy Bribesville TV drama seeks to emulate Gomorra success Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    By Gavin Jones ROME (Reuters) - An Italian TV drama launched this week aims to emulate the success of last year's acclaimed mafia series Gomorra by recounting the corruption scandals of the early 1990s that brought down an entire political class. The series, called simply "1992" after the year the so-called Bribesville scandals came to light in Milan, aims to tap into the recent boom in big budget TV series like Game of Thrones and House of Cards. The first episodes aired on Tuesday got more viewers than the debut of Gomorra, the gritty story of Naples mob violence inspired by Roberto Saviano's book that soon acquired a cult following in Italy and was sold to more than 50 countries. 1992, like Gomorra, is made by News Corp's Italian pay-TV unit Sky Italia. More »

  • Italian minister resigns after construction work probe
    Italian minister resigns after construction work probe Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    ROME (AP) — Italy's infrastructure minister resigned Friday, days after the arrest of a former top official in a corruption probe of some of the nation's major public works projects. More »