Roman politics could gum Europe up

October 31, 2011

The euro’s future hangs on Italy – and Italy’s future hangs on its politics. The best way forward would be a grand coalition replacing Berlusconi’s discredited government. But after the PM’s latest Houdini act, that doesn’t seem likely and other scenarios aren’t as attractive.

Berlusconi’s loss will be Murdoch’s gain in TV

November 17, 2011

Silvio Berlusconi's media empire faces a painful adjustment to a new Italy. A stuttering domestic economy bodes ill for the advertising that's the lifeblood of his television company, Mediaset. And his main private competitor, Rupert Murdoch's Sky Italia, should benefit now that Italy's lawmaker-in-chief isn't a direct commercial rival.

Italy shakes off the Berlusconi stigma

November 28, 2011

Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy will treat Mario Monti, conspicuously, as an equal at their three-way meeting today. The days when Italy was shunned because of its shady leadership are past. The rehabilitation will help Monti at home, as he pushes through difficult reforms.

Berlusconi verdict weakens Italian reform drive

August 2, 2013

The former prime minister’s conviction for tax fraud will exacerbate tensions within Rome’s fraught ruling coalition. Yet neither party is ready to face their electorate. That means a crisis isn’t imminent – but the political unity needed for reform is still remote.

Berlusconi must not take Italy down with him

October 9, 2009

Silvio Berlusconi seems determined to take Italy’s institutions down with him as he sinks slowly into a swamp of lawsuits and scandal. But his political allies should not tie their fate irrevocably to his.