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Captain Letta, Renzi Thor and the Battle for Italy

Federiga Bindi | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Federiga Bindi

Unless you are familiar with Marvel superheroes, it is hard to understand recent events in Italy. The Prime Minister, Democratic Captain Italia Enrico Letta has been just ousted by RenziThor, the Democratic Party leader.

E tu, Angelino?

Barry Strauss | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Barry Strauss

Silvio Berlusconi, the longtime strongman of the Italian right, has been brought down -- at the age of 77, probably for good. Some observers express surprise at the man who held the dagger, but they really shouldn't. Any reader of Shakespeare could have predicted it.

Silvio Berlusconi: Is It Over?

Flavio Rizzo | Posted 10.02.2013 | World
Flavio Rizzo

Aside from the unsettling use of a divisive language with its war metaphors, a fundamental question emerges: Are these just delusional words or do they have an actual impact and credibility in the Italian society?

Navigating Italian Shame

Flavio Rizzo | Posted 09.20.2013 | World
Flavio Rizzo

Italy is becoming a country numbed by a passive state of mind; a monolithic approach to issues of race that prevents any possibility for cross-cultural growth.

"We Are All Whores": Beyond Berlusconi's Sex Trial

Flavio Rizzo | Posted 09.05.2013 | World
Flavio Rizzo

On June 24 former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was sentenced to seven years in jail for having paid a minor for sex. The day after, in the heart of Rome, a pro-Berlusconi demonstration took place under the unsettling banner: "We Are All Whores."

Italy Forms New Government

AP | FRANCES D'EMILIO | Posted 06.27.2013 | World

ROME — Center-left leader Enrico Letta forged a new Italian government Saturday in a coalition with former Premier Silvio Berlusconi's conservat...

How a Comedian Changed Italian Politics

Jamie Bartlett | Posted 04.16.2013 | World
Jamie Bartlett

As one of Italy's best-known comedians, Beppe Grillo had often exposed political and business scandals as part of his routines, but in 2005 he published his first post on his blog, which established him as a public figure focusing on political and societal issues.

Silvio and Fidel: Same Difference

Lucia Annunziata | Posted 12.30.2012 | World
Lucia Annunziata

Berlusconi makes you think of Fidel. Not his friend Confalonieri, but the Caribbean leader Castro.

The Secret to Italian Politics? Penis Size, Apparently

Ritanna Armeni | Posted 12.19.2012 | World
Ritanna Armeni

Finally they've said it. Finally they've admitted that political infighting between men is essentially based on who's got the biggest... beanpole.

Berlusconi For President?

AP | Posted 07.25.2012 | World

ROME — Former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi appears to be angling for the role of Italian president – with enhanced powers. Berlusconi...

The Future of Italy

Walter Veltroni | Posted 01.09.2012 | World
Walter Veltroni

One thing is certain: Mr. Berlusconi's parabola of success is near the end, a parabola which has hovered over Italy for years damaging it. His announced resignation is a sign of defeat.

Troubled Italian Premier Nixes New Term

Posted 09.07.2011 | World

ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi declared on Friday he would not run again when his term expires in 2013, as fresh squabb...

Andrea Stone

Nichi Vendola Is Gay, Catholic And Gunning To Slap Down Silvio Berlusconi | Andrea Stone | Posted 08.21.2011 | World

NEW YORK -- He has been called the Italian Barack Obama -- an improbably elected official who has mobilized his country's youth in an Internet-driven ...

Berlusconi Suffers Referendum Defeat

James Mackenzie, Philip Pullella | Posted 08.13.2011 | World

By James Mackenzie, Philip Pullella Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi headed for a heavy defeat on Monday in four referendums after Italians t...

Berlusconi Faces Uncertain Political Future

AP | ALESSANDRA RIZZO | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ROME — Silvio Berlusconi has survived corruption charges, a sex scandal and a nasty public divorce, but a break with a key ally could spell the begi...

'April is our Fatal Month' -- Mussolini's wife

Kenneth Kales | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Kenneth Kales

I try to make sense of Romano's complex memoir by asking myself, "How would I have turned out if Benito Mussolini had been my father?" Or, how would you have turned out?

Italy's Umberto Bossi Rivals Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi In Political Influence

GlobalPost | Alessandro Speciale | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ROME, Italy -- Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and his key ally, Northern League founder Umberto Bossi, share similar biographies. Both ascen...

Berlusconi: The Symbolism Behind the Blood

Anushay Hossain | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Anushay Hossain

There is so much symbolism couched in the attack on Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi. The one word, which keeps coming to my head is basta, Italian for "enough."

Berlusconi Aide Meets With Pope Amid Scandal Fallout: Relations Still "Solid"

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ROME — Premier Silvio Berlusconi's top aide met with Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday amid continuing fallout over scandals that have strained ties b...

Veronica Lario's New Book Explains Divorce: "I Cannot Be His Babysitter"

AP | ARIEL DAVID | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ROME -- The estranged wife of Premier Silvio Berlusconi says in a book published Wednesday that it was her husband's alleged lies that pushed her to f...

Economic Fix Is In, Political One Eludes

Diane Francis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Diane Francis

The world's politicians remain a pretty mediocre bunch, with few exceptions, which means that the next global crisis cannot be averted without addressing the world's leadership deficit.

Berlusconi Hid Ancient Tombs On His Land

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

To add to the numerous allegations thrown at him in the past couple of months, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is now in further trouble for ...

Beppe Grillo: 'Italy's Al Franken' Seeks Lead Of Opposition

GlobalPost | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Shaggy haired, vulgar and notoriously independent, Beppe Grillo is far from the typical image of an Italian politician. Yet here he is, taking on a p...

How to Effectively Manage a Crisis but Still Miss the Point

Nicole Stremlau | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nicole Stremlau

Berlusconi suggested that the residents leave the wreckage of their homes, and "go to the coast, it's Easter." His comments are a worrying sign of the disconnect with reality that power creates.

In Italy, the Web is Going to Be a Really Dangerous Place

Luca Sofri | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Luca Sofri

In Italy, the big community of web users and bloggers is still ignored in newsrooms and considered to be a bunch of kids and rebels by politicians.