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Dec 6, 2012

Monti government at risk after Berlusconi withdraws support

ROME (Reuters) – Silvio Berlusconi’s party withdrew its support for Prime Minister Mario Monti on Thursday, raising the risk of a snap election in Italy, but President Giorgio Napolitano said he would work to avoid a crisis and there was no need for alarm.

The centre-right People of Freedom (PDL) party walked out of a Senate confidence vote on a package of economic measures and abstained in a separate confidence vote in the lower house following criticism of Berlusconi by a senior minister.

Dec 6, 2012

Monti govt at risk after Berlusconi withdraws support

ROME, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Silvio Berlusconi’s party withdrew
its support for Prime Minister Mario Monti on Thursday, raising
the risk of a snap election in Italy, but President Giorgio
Napolitano said he would work to avoid a crisis and there was no
need for alarm.

The centre-right People of Freedom (PDL) party walked out of
a Senate confidence vote on a package of economic measures and
abstained in a separate confidence vote in the lower house
following criticism of Berlusconi by a senior minister.

Dec 3, 2012

Centre-left leader in front seat to become Italy premier

ROME, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Pier Luigi Bersani is in pole
position to become Italy’s next leader after winning a centre
left primary vote, but the former communist must now convince
nervous markets and conservative voters he won’t drag the
country too far to the left.

Bersani, 61, crushed a challenge from Matteo Renzi, the
youthful mayor of Florence, in a run off primary election on
Sunday to choose the centre-left candidate for a national vote
next spring. He won more than 60 percent to Renzi’s 39 percent,
taking every region except the challenger’s Tuscan home turf.

Nov 30, 2012

Berlusconi drags his own party to destruction before Italy vote

ROME (Reuters) – Five years after he won one of Italy’s biggest postwar election victories, Silvio Berlusconi is dragging his own party towards destruction by a mixture of indecision and refusal to withdraw gracefully.

The man who triumphantly dominated Italian politics for 17-years before he was humiliatingly driven from power a year ago, is in steep decline, beset on all sides by problems ranging from his business empire to his scandal-plagued personal life.

Nov 22, 2012

Italy centre-left chooses candidate to succeed Monti

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s centre-left votes on Sunday for a candidate who will become front runner to succeed Mario Monti as prime minister after a general election next spring.

There are five candidates in the primary election but in reality the vote will pit Democratic Party (PD) leader Pier Luigi Bersani against youthful Florence mayor Matteo Renzi for leadership of an alliance which is well ahead in opinion polls.

Nov 13, 2012

SICILY

ROME (Reuters) – Openly gay, devoutly Catholic, left-wing and an enemy of the mafia, Rosario Crocetta broke the mould when he was elected governor of deeply conservative Sicily last month.

The island has long been better known for its machismo, corruption and homicidal mafia dons than progressive politics, but the chain-smoking former communist says he will bring a “revolution” after winning a regional election.

Nov 12, 2012

Gay anti-mafia politician breaks mould in Sicily

ROME (Reuters) – Openly gay, devoutly Catholic, left-wing and an enemy of the mafia, Rosario Crocetta broke the mould when he was elected governor of deeply conservative Sicily last month.

The island has long been better known for its machismo, corruption and homicidal mafia dons than progressive politics, but the chain-smoking former communist says he will bring a “revolution” after winning a regional election.

Oct 31, 2012

Insight: Italy in political chaos as election nears

ROME (Reuters) – Five months before an election that will be crucial not just for this country but the whole euro zone, Italy is mired in some of its greatest political uncertainty since World War Two.

Nobody knows what electoral system will be used or who the candidates will be in a parliamentary poll that will be marked by Italian voter anger over the pain of austerity.

Oct 31, 2012

Italy in political chaos as election nears

ROME, Oct 31 (Reuters) – Five months before an election that
will be crucial not just for this country but the whole euro
zone, Italy is mired in some of its greatest political
uncertainty si n ce World War Two.

Nobody knows what electoral system will be used or who the
candidates will be in a parliamentary poll that will be marked
by Italian voter anger over the pain of austerity.

Sep 17, 2012

Berlusconi returns to politics, attacks Monti government

ROME, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Former Prime Minister Silvio
Berlusconi has returned to the political frontline after months
in the shadows, vowing to abolish a key tax on homes in remarks
likely to stoke investors’ jitters about Italy’s future after an
election next spring.

But the 75-year-old media magnate is keeping Italy guessing
about whether he will stand for prime minister at the head of
his centre-right People of Freedom (PDL) party in the election.

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      "I am the Editor or cluster chief in charge of Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece. I have previously worked all over the world in a long career with Reuters which has taken me from Asia to the United States. My positions have included Americas production editor, World Desk editor, Middle East Editor and Africa editor. I recently planned our multi-media coverage of the soccer World Cup in South Africa and reported extensively on the tournament and its impact on the continent. I will be based in Rome from November"
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