ROME (Reuters) – An investigation into possible fraud by Monte Paschi bank enters a crucial few days as magistrates question key witnesses in a scandal that has touched off a political fire storm just three weeks before Italy’s elections.
Magistrates in the Tuscan city of Siena, where the world’s oldest bank is based in the 14th century palazzo of Rocca Salimbeni, are due to question its former president Giuseppe Mussari and former director general Antonio Vigni this week.
ROME, Feb 3 (Reuters) – Italy’s former prime minister Silvio
Berlusconi announced his “last great electoral and political
battle” on Sunday with a sweeping promise to cut taxes and the
cost of government if his centre-right wins elections this
In a passionate and much anticipated speech to supporters in
Milan, the city where he built his fortune, he said only his
centre-right could lift Italy out of the dark fog of recession
and re-establish trust between government and citizens.
ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi announced his “last great electoral and political battle” on Sunday with a sweeping promise to cut taxes and the cost of government if his center-right wins elections this month.
Speaking at a rally in Milan, he disclosed what he had billed before the speech as a “shock proposal” – a promise to reimburse Italian families for a much-hated tax on their primary residences.
ROME (Reuters) – A consumer group suing the Bank of Italy over its handling of the Monte Paschi crisis on Saturday called for the central bank’s governor to resign and for an administrator to be appointed to run the troubled Tuscan lender.
The demands came as a Rome court adjourned until Feb 20 a hearing regarding the Bank of Italy’s (BoI) approval of 3.9 billion euros (3.4 billion pounds) in state support for Monte Paschi (BMPS.MI: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), the world’s oldest bank.
ROME (Reuters) – A British filmmaker said on Friday he was a victim of censorship after a leading museum cancelled the Italian premiere of the documentary “Girlfriend in a Coma”, which is highly critical of Italy’s political and economic situation.
The museum where the film was to have been shown on February 13 cancelled the showing and said it could not be held until after the country’s elections on Feb 24-25.
ROME (Reuters) – Soccer players do not usually enter a nation’s political fray but when the country is Italy, the player is Mario Balotelli and the person running for office is his new boss Silvio Berlusconi, all bets are off.
Balotelli, the hot-tempered forward who had been playing for Manchester City, is poised to sign for AC Milan, the club owned by the former prime minister vying for a political comeback.
ROME, Jan 28 (Reuters) – Anita Ekberg, who famously waded in
Rome’s Trevi Fountain with Marcello Mastroianni in the 1960
classic film “La Dolce Vita”, would probably say “It’s about
The fountain, arguably the world’s most recognisable, is
about to get the most thorough face-lift since it was completed
in 1762 and the restoration was presented on Monday by a man who
also uses the word darling a lot: fashion designer Karl
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Benedict on Friday appointed the new head of the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland to succeed Cardinal Sean Brady, whose tenure has been plagued by scandal over the sexual abuse of children on the predominantly Roman Catholic island.
The Vatican said Monsignor Eamon Martin, 51, had been named “coadjutor” archbishop of Armagh, meaning he will automatically succeed Brady when he retires next year.
Pope Benedict on Friday appointed the new head of the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland to succeed Cardinal Sean Brady, whose tenure has been plagued by scandal over the sexual abuse of children on the predominantly Roman Catholic island.
Archbishop Georg Gänswein, Pope Benedict’s private secretary, who has been dubbed “Gorgeous George” by the Italian media, is now a real-life cover boy.