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Italian lawmakers to vote on booting Berlusconi after fraud conviction

Italy’s Senate on Tuesday announced it will vote on November 27 on whether to strip former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi of his seat under a law banning convicted criminals from parliament. Ejection from the Senate following his conviction for tax fraud would mean Berlusconi being out of parliament for the…

Italian Supreme Court refuses to lift Berlusconi prison sentence

Italy’s top court on Thursday confirmed a prison sentence for former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi in the first ever definitive conviction in a tumultuous career for the billionaire tycoon. The court upheld a tax fraud sentence of four years in prison of which three years are covered by an amnesty,…

Italian court upholds Berlusconi’s tax evasion conviction

An Italian court on Wednesday upheld a tax fraud conviction for former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, confirming his sentence of one year in prison and a five-year ban from public office. “The court confirms the sentence against Silvio Berlusconi,” a judge at the Milan court said in a live audio…

Berlusconi sentenced to year in prison over leaks

An Italian court on Thursday sentenced former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to a year in prison over the publication of leaked transcripts from a police wiretap in a newspaper that he owns. Berlusconi, who faces two more verdicts this month for tax fraud and having sex with an underage prostitute,…

Judges throw out Berlusconi bribery trial

An Italian court threw out bribery charges against former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi on Saturday saying the statute of limitations had come into force, bringing the five-year trial to an end. Prosecutors had requested a five-year prison term for Berlusconi, who was accused of having paid off his former British…

Berlusconi packs up sword, vase on last day in office

Italy’s departing Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has reportedly packed up two gifts ahead of his last day in office on Wednesday — a scimitar from Kazakhstan and a Ming dynasty vase from China. The report in La Repubblica newspaper said the larger-than-life billionaire, who has been in power for 10 of the past 17 years, had…

Blair warns of ‘catastrophe’ if euro collapses

LONDON — Former prime minister Tony Blair warned on Sunday that the collapse of the euro would be “catastrophic” and urged Europe to move fast to support the currency. Blair said European leaders faced “very difficult and painful” choices and a “long-term framework of credibility” was needed to see off…

Crowd jeers as Berlusconi quits power in eurozone crisis

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi quit power on Saturday to loud cheering from a crowd of thousands in Rome after a wave of market panic that has shaken the eurozone brought his rule to an end. Berlusconi formally submitted his resignation to President Giorgio Napolitano, who announced he will now hold consultations on the…

Italian lawmakers set to approve key reforms

Italian lawmakers were set to give the nod Saturday to a reform package aimed at staving off bankruptcy, as Greece got to work on its own economic makeover after a week of eurozone debt trauma. Italy’s lower house of parliament was to meet from 1130 GMT to give final approval…

Italian lawmakers back reforms before Berlusconi exit

Italian lawmakers gave initial approval to a reform package aimed at staving off bankruptcy on Friday, easing market tensions on the eve of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s expected resignation. The measures — promised by Berlusconi at a European Unionsummit last month — include state asset sell-offs, incentives to hire workers and moves…

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