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Berlusconi’s ‘Bunga Bunga’ parties inspire line of accessories

While his fellow businessmen moan about Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s constant sex scandals and the fallout for Italy’s image abroad, Carlo Pagani has decided to cash in. Inspired by the Italian leader’s “bunga bunga” parties — reportedly a form of lap dancing enjoyed by Berlusconi, Pagani’s small plastics factory has…

Students storm Goldman Sachs building in Milan

MILAN (Reuters) – A group of students stormed Goldman Sachs’s central Milan offices on Friday ahead of worldwide protests against financial inequality planned for the weekend. The Italian demonstrations are the latest bout of anger at banks and financiers as outcry spreads throughout the world following the occupation of Wall Street inNew…

Italy’s Berulsconi faces confidence vote

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi faces a crucial confidence vote amid infighting in his ruling coalition as well as growing criticism over his handling of the economy and mounting legal scandals. Barring any major upsets, Berlusconi’s majority is expected to pass the vote but the margin is likely to be…

Phone leak reveals foul-mouthed Berlusconi

A foul-mouthed Silvio Berlusconi is caught saying he wants to leave Italy, according to a leaked phone conversation published by Italian media as part of a probe into a blackmail plot against the prime minister. “I’m so transparent, so clean in everything I do. There’s nothing I could be reproached…

Italy’s main trade union calls general strike

ROME — Italy’s biggest trade union, the CGIL, on Sunday called for a general strike against the government’s new austerity plans. Union chief Susanna Camusso, speaking in the daily La Repubblica newspaper, said the CGIL (Italian General Confederation of Labour) would hold a meeting on August 23 to fix a…

Italy approves draft law banning burqas

ROME — An Italian parliamentary commission approved a draft law on Tuesday which would ban women from wearing the veils that cover their faces in public, if passed by parliament in September. The draft law would forbid women from wearing a burqa or naqib, but also prohibit anyone from covering…

Italians ‘turned their backs’ on Berlusconi

ROME (AFP) – A trouncing in referendums that have wiped out Italy’s plans to return to nuclear power after a shock local election defeat mean Silvio Berlusconi has lost his magic, Italian newspapers said on Tuesday. “The magic flute is broken. After 20 years, Italians have stopped following Berlusconi’s music,”…

Italians vote on plan to restart nuclear power program

ROME — Italians began voting on Sunday in referendums on plans to return to nuclear power and on a law granting Silvio Berlusconi immunity in what is seen as a vital test for the embattled premier. The nuclear vote will be an important marker of popular opinion on atomic energy…

Italian PM Berlusconi makes first court appearance in 8 years

MILAN, Italy (AFP) – Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi attended a legal hearing on Monday for the first time in eight years, over allegations of fiscal fraud and breach of trust in his business interests. The hearing in judges’ chambers in Milan was part of a process to decide whether…

New docs could mean end of line for Berlusconi

ROME (Reuters) – Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi faced more pressure to resign on Thursday after magistrates issued new documents with fresh details of erotic parties, some with under-age girls, and of his gifts to participants. The center-left opposition said the new documents made his position “untenable” and said he should…

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