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Silvio Berlusconi

Berlusconi Back Again!

(28 10 2012) Judith Harris

Berlusconi, who has dominated Italian politics for over seventeen years, is not leaving the political scene just yet. What happened?

The Silly Season Sweeps Italy

(13 08 2012) Judith Harris

Ferragosto – the name derives from the original Feriae Augusti summer festival proclaimed by the Emperor Augustus – is a major holiday celebrated on August 15 when all of...

Summer spreads out the spread

(27 07 2012) Judith Harris

The upward surge of the spread to today's 506.48 for 10-year bonds (but 519 at the opening of the markets) has reignited interest in holding elections this November, six months...

Family values, Bossi style

(13 04 2012) Judith Harris

Umberto Bossi, founding father of the Northern League, resigned as head of his party last week. After 30 years of blaming Rome of robbing, it turns out that some in Bossi's...

Letters from Italy After Berlusconi: Politics Behind the Scenes

(17 12 2011) Judith Harris

"The man who governs Italy has no power. At most he can ask a courtesy, but he can’t give orders. [Mussolini] was right when he said that it’s not difficult to govern the...

Super-Sober Mario Takes Charge

(17 11 2011) Judith Harris

Premier-Designate Mario Monti is often described in the media as Super Mario or Sober Mario. His government has had the support of banks, universities and the Roman Catholic...

Massimo Ciancimino: Dynamite in the Garden of Justice

(29 04 2011) Judith Harris

The three years of Ciancimino's testimony in three separate Mafia trials risk being compromised

Playing it for laughs

(11 04 2011) Judith Harris

Dissecting what may lie behind three recent Berlusconi's jokes. And the picture is far from amusing

At Lampedusa, “the end of the world”

(21 02 2011) Judith Harris

The Sicilian island where hope and desperation coexist has become a prime transit site for illegal immigrants hoping to make it into Europe

The Broken Promise: Fiscal Federalism

(07 02 2011) Judith Harris

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano refused to sign the bill on fiscal federalism, with comments that it was “unreceivable,” poorly drafted and generic. For Berlusconi the...

On both sides of the Atlantic, pride in anti-mob action

(31 01 2011) Judith Harris

While in New York nearly 125 are arrested in “the largest mob roundup in F.B.I. history" Italian Senator and former governor of Sicily Salvatore Cuffaro is sentenced to 7 years...

Mr. Berlusconi: Ganging up, but who cares?

(23 01 2011) Judith Harris

Despite the crescendo of scandal worthy of an 18th century Turkish sultan, Mr. Berlusconi remains the most charismatic and popular politician in Italy. ... True democracy, he...

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