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  • Berlusconi acquitted in Ruby sex case trial

    07/19/2014 12:20:56 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 7/18/14 | Giuseppe Aresu with Dario Thuburn - afp
    Milan (AFP) - An Italian appeals court on Friday cleared Silvio Berlusconi of having sex with an underage prostitute and abuse of power in a surprise ruling that will strengthen the former prime minister on the political scene. "The defendant is acquitted," presiding judge Enrico Tranfa said, requesting silence after gasps from the courtroom. The effectively scraps Berlusconi's seven-year sentence and lifelong ban from holding public office. The judge said there was "no crime" on the abuse of power charge and that Berlusconi's actions "did not constitute a crime" on the prostitution one, promising to publish a detailed explanation within...
  • Italy's Berlusconi says was forced from office by EU 'plot'

    05/14/2014 3:09:13 AM PDT · by blueplum · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 14, 2014 5:56am EDT | by James Mackenzie; Editing by Catherine Evans
    (Reuters) Rome - Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi repeated accusations on Wednesday that he was forced out of office at the height of the euro zone crisis in 2011 as the result of a "plot" by European Union officials. Berlusconi's comments followed the publication in Italy of extracts from a new book by former U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner which suggested that EU officials had approached the U.S. government with a project to force Berlusconi to resign. "They wanted us to refuse to back IMF loans to Italy as long as he refused to go," Geithner's book "Stress Test:...
  • Berlusconi fiancée 'appeals to Pope for pardon'

    11/29/2013 7:38:06 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11-29-13 | Nick Squires
    Silvio Berlusconi’s glamorous young partner says she will appeal to Pope Francis to secure the former prime minister a pardon. A day after he was thrown out of the Italian parliament, Silvio Berlusconi’s glamorous young girlfriend has said she will appeal to Pope Francis to secure the former prime minister a pardon. Francesca Pascale, who at 28 is less than half the age of 77-year-old Mr Berlusconi, said she wants to explain the “tragedy” that has befallen her fiancée, after his 20-year parliamentary career was brought to a humiliating end by the vote in the Senate on Wednesday. He was...
  • Berlusconi Expelled from Senate in Italy

    11/27/2013 9:09:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    New York Times ^ | 11/27/2013 | JIM YARDLEY
    ROME — Having spent months manufacturing procedural delays or conjuring political melodrama, Silvio Berlusconi on Wednesday could no longer stave off the inevitable: Italy’s senate stripped him of his parliamentary seat, a dramatic and humiliating expulsion, even as other troubles loom on his horizon. In the hours before the vote, Italian senators read speeches for or against Mr. Berlusconi, the once-powerful former prime minister. Mr. Berlusconi responded with an outdoor rally in central Rome, transforming the day into a televised, split-screen standoff: on one screen was the former prime minister, declaring himself a victim of persecution and pledging to remain...
  • Putin meets pope and Berlusconi in Italy

    11/25/2013 6:04:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 25, 2013 5:47 PM EST | Nicole Winfield
    Russian President Vladimir Putin had a busy first day in Rome on Monday, going from the pope to a “Pussy Riot” protest to dinner at the palazzo of his old friend, Silvio Berlusconi. Putin showed off his religious side during his visit to the Vatican, stopping to cross himself and kiss an icon of the Madonna that he gave Pope Francis. But Moscow’s improving relations with the Vatican only went so far: Putin didn’t invite Francis to visit. … Long-running tensions in Russia between Orthodox faithful and Catholics in Russia prevented Pope Benedict XVI and before him Pope John Paul...
  • Interfaith dialogue: Female Politician Attacked by Muslim Over Burka Protest May be Jailed

    11/23/2013 4:08:40 PM PST · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 11/23/2013 | Pamela Geller
    Yes, teach us about dialogue. Interfaith dialogue socks a woman who opposes the cloth coffin. That's the kicker. And the chaser is the dhimma West enforcing this barbaric code of savagery.In Italy, "an Italian woman protesting the Burka will be jailed, but not the Muslim immigrant who attacked her to defend his right to abuse women with the Burka." Female Politician Attacked by Muslim Over Burka Protest May be Jailed FrontPage Magazine ‎- Obviously it's the native Italian woman protesting the Burka who will be jailed.Obviously it’s the native Italian woman protesting the Burka who will be jailed, not the...
  • Putin: Berlusconi would not have faced trial if he were gay

    09/19/2013 3:22:15 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 40 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | September 19, 2013 | REUTERS
    Russian President Vladimir Putin rallied behind his old friend Silvio Berlusconi on Thursday, saying the former Italian prime minister would not have faced trial for having sex with a minor if he were gay. “Berlusconi is being tried because he lives with women. If he were homosexual, no one would lift a finger against him,” he told a gathering of journalists and Russia experts.
  • Berlusconi's Bunga-Bunga Strippers Dressed Up as Barack Obama, Says Bellydancer Ruby

    05/18/2013 10:28:33 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 33 replies
    International Business Times ^ | May 18, 2013 | Timur Moon
    Berlusconi's Bunga-Bunga Strippers Dressed Up as Barack Obama, Says Bellydancer Ruby Silvio Berlusconi's infamous "bunga-bunga" parties featured strippers dressed as US President Obama as well as the more conventional fare of nuns and nurses, according to court testimony by the Moroccan woman at the centre of the scandal. Karima el-Mahroug, 20, was giving evidence at the trial of three former aides to Berlusconi who are accused of procuring her and other women for prostitution. El-Mahroug, a former bellydancer, said she attended about half a dozen parties, using her nickname Ruby. One each occasion, Berlusconi had handed her an envelope containing...
  • No Coalition Possible in the Italian Senate

    02/26/2013 8:27:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | February 26, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    La Republica confirms what we long thought highly likely: The Italian Senate is Ungovernable. A Senate majority takes 158 seats and no party has more than 123 at the moment. The current results look like this: Senate Seat Projections Bersani 104Berlusconi 123Grillo 57Monti 17There are 315 total seats and the total above is only 301. Although 14 seats remain, not even a Monti-Bersani coalition in addition to those 14 seats would bring Bersani's total to 158. Curiously, it appears Bersani received a plurality of the Senate popular vote with 32% compared to Berlusconi's 30.2%. Grillo weighs in with 23.9%, and...
  • Mussolini not so bad, says Silvio Berlusconi

    01/28/2013 8:15:05 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 9 replies
    The Australian ^ | January 29, 2013 12:00AM | James Bone, Rome
    SILVIO Berlusconi provoked outrage on International Holocaust Remembrance Day yesterday by defending Benito Mussolini. His remarks coincided with preparations in Rome to build a museum dedicated to the victims next to the former fascist dictator's home. The former Prime Minister told journalists at a remembrance ceremony in Milan that Il Duce was right to ally himself with Hitler. A day after Angela Merkel acknowledged that Germany had "everlasting responsibility" for the Holocaust, Mr Berlusconi said Italy "does not have the same responsibilities as Germany". He added: "Obviously the government of that time, out of fear that German power might lead...
  • Berlusconi to pay $47 million per year in divorce settlement

    12/28/2012 6:57:45 PM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    ROME (Reuters) - Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has agreed to pay his estranged wife Veronica Lario 100,000 euros ($132,200) a day as part of a divorce settlement, the daily Corriere della Sera said on Friday. **SNIP** Lario, a former actor who was married to Berlusconi for more than 22 years, asked for a divorce from the 76-year-old billionaire in 2009, accusing him of having an affair with a 17-year-old girl. She had already delivered a public rebuke to her husband over his relations with other women, sending an open letter to the daily La Repubblica in 2007 in...
  • Silvio Berlusconi: "Italy May Be Forced To Leave The Eurozone And Return To The Lira"

    12/18/2012 5:35:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12/18/2012 | Tyler Durden
    Reminding the world of just the kind of truthiness that got him sacked originally by that other Italian, the Ex-Goldmanite Mario Draghi, back in November 2011, and which the world has to look forward to when Silvio Berlusconi returns to power some time in 2013, even if not as PM (a position he currently has a snowball's chance in hell of regaining based on current political polls), Reuters informs us that the Italian, who certainly has not read the Goldman book on status quo perpetuation, just said the unimaginable: the truth. To wit: "If Germany doesn't accept that the...
  • Silvio Berlusconi Announces Engagement To A 27-Year-Old (50 years his junior)

    12/17/2012 12:17:00 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/17/2012 | The Telegraph
    Silvio Berlusconi sought to draw a line under his "bunga bunga" parties when he announced he was engaged to his girlfriend 50 years his junior, who makes him feel "less lonely." In a wide-ranging interview aired on the talk show "Domenica Live" on his Canale 5 TV network, the 76-year-old billionaire said he was engaged to Francesca Pascale, his 27-year old girlfriend. "Finally I feel less lonely," Mr Berlusconi said. "I am engaged to a Neapolitan, it's official. "She is 27 years old, with very solid values, beautiful on the outside and even more beautiful on the inside. "She is...
  • EU leaders back Monti against Berlusconi

    12/15/2012 5:53:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 13.12.12 @ 18:35 (Dec. 13) | Honor Mahony and Valentina Pop
    Germany’s Angela Merkel and other center-right leaders have indicated they would like to see Mario Monti to keep on running Italy instead of Silvio Berlusconi. The center-right leaders—as well as the two Italian political adversaries—met in Brussels ahead of an EU summit on Thursday (13 December) in an event designed to prevent Italy’s political turmoil from stirring up the euro crisis once again. The center-right European People’s Party (EPP) chief Hans Martens admitted to journalists he stage-managed the whole thing so that neither Monti nor Berlusconi knew the other would be there until the last minute to make sure that...
  • Berlusconi down and humiliated but not out of Italian politics

    10/27/2012 9:58:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5:26PM BST 27 Oct 2012 | Nick Squires
    Silvio Berlusconi is down and humiliated after a court found him guilty in a massive tax evasion case, but he is too wily to be out of Italian politics. … He was sentenced three times to a total of six years and five months in prison in the late 1990s for corruption, forgery and illegal party financing. But the sentences were either dismissed on appeal or timed out under the statute of limitations. … He will draw succor from a fiercely loyal band of parliamentary allies who, incredibly, advised him to shrug off the conviction, seize back the leadership of...

    10/26/2012 8:04:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/26/2012 | Adam Taylor
    Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been sentenced to 4 years in jail for tax evasion by a Milan court, according to Reuters. The case revolved around a plan by Berlusconi's Mediaset company to purchase the rights to broadcast U.S. movies on Berlusconi's private television networks. The defendants allegedly used a series of offshore companies to avoid paying taxes. The price of the films was then inflated as they were sold internally. The difference was pocketed by the defendants, and reportedly amounted to 250 million euros ($320 million). One of his codefendents, Mediaset chairman Fedele Confalonieri, was found not...
  • Silvio Berlusconi: Mario Monti too 'servile' to Germany

    09/25/2012 11:12:58 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 9/25/2012
    Italy's ex-premier and possible future candidate Silvio Berlusconi criticised his successor Mario Monti for raising taxes in an interview out on Tuesday, accusing him of being "conditioned" by the left. Berlusconi also told the newly-launched Italian edition of The Huffington Post that Monti was too "servile to Germany, a hegemonic state that is dictating rules on discipline and austerity to other European state countries." The former prime minister also criticised mistakes made in introducing the euro but said "it would be difficult to exit the eurozone now." He said the only option was to convince Germany that austerity alone is...
  • Silvio Berlusconi releases album

    11/22/2011 6:27:23 AM PST · by BufalloSoldier · 6 replies
    His political career is in tatters while the economy is on a definite low. But Silvio Berlusconi is at least hitting some of the high notes - with his long awaited album of love songs finally being released just as he leaves office. Silver-tongued Berlusconi, 75, who as a young man was a cruise ship singer, had delayed the release of what is his fourth album of ballads as he was trying to sort out the economic crisis which has blighted Italy for months. It had been due out next week after being postponed for months but now seeing as...
  • Frankfurt Group, Europe’s hit squad

    11/16/2011 6:08:23 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 15 replies
    The Spectator, London ^ | 11/16/2011 | Fraser Nelson
    Gathered around Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy, a small group of unelected EU officials have been assigned the task of governing the eurozone and removing leaders who fail to toe the line, writes the British conservative weekly The Spectator. Fraser Nelson The Old Opera House in Frankfurt – once Germany’s most beautiful postwar ruin and now its most stunning recreation – has become a symbol of European rebirth. And it was here, last month, that Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy met the EU’s bureaucratic elite in what would, in another era, be described as a putsch. They had grown tired...
  • Monti forms new Italian govt with no politicians

    11/16/2011 3:12:49 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 11/16/11 | Colleen Barry and Frances D'Emilio - AP
    ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Mario Monti formed a government of bankers, diplomats and business executives Wednesday, saying the absence of politicians in his Cabinet will spare political parties the "embarrassment" of taking the tough decisions needed to steer the country from financial disaster. The 68-year-old former European Union competition commissioner and his Cabinet were sworn in at a solemn ceremony at the presidential palace that formally ended Silvio Berlusconi's 3 1/2-year-old government and the media mogul's 17-year-long political dominance. Monti faces his first major hurdle Thursday when he presents his legislative agenda to parliament and subjects his government to...
  • Silvio Berlusconi's top 10 gaffes, japes and pranks

    11/13/2011 7:14:01 PM PST · by aquila48 · 4 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/14/11 | The Telegraph
    10. He advised investors in New York to relocate to Italy because the secretaries were better looking than their American counterparts. "Another reason to invest in Italy is that we have beautiful secretaries ... superb girls." He also told the New York stock exchange: "Italy is now a great country to invest in ... today we have fewer communists and those who are still there deny having been one."
  • The great euro Putsch rolls on as two democracies fall

    11/13/2011 3:47:46 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 64 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/13/2011 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Europe’s scorched-earth policies have begun in earnest. The inherent flaws of monetary union have created a crisis of such gravity that EU leaders now feel authorized to topple two elected governments. As I long feared, the flood of cheap credit into Southern Europe and the slow death of Club Med industry by currency asphyxiation have together created such a dangerous situation for world finance that informed opinion is willing to turn a blind eye to EU sovereign trespass. Some even applaud. The Greeks were ordered to drop their referendum on measures that reduce their country to a sort of Manchukuo,...
  • Berlusconi’s reform plan reassures EU leaders

    10/27/2011 9:09:17 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 10/27/2011
    Italy’s EU colleagues expressed satisfaction with the contents of a letter brought to the summit yesterday (26 October) by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi setting out Rome’s intention to rein in public expenditure and counter contagion from Greece’s sovereign debt crisis. The letter was brought to the summit partly in response to strong pressure by his eurozone heavyweight colleagues, Nicolas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel, at the summit on Sunday (23 October). In a forward to the main terms of the letter – which was addressed to the Presidents of the Council and Commission, Herman Van Rompuy and José Manuel Barroso -...
  • Berlusconi's just as bad -- not worse -- than the rest

    11/12/2011 11:45:20 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies
    Globe and Mail ^ | Friday, November 11, 2011 | Eric Reguly
    May Bunga Bunga boy go out with a smile on his face, for his reputation as the destroyer of the world's seventh largest economy is undeserved... Mr. Berlusconi's biggest sin was taking a bad situation -- the sclerotic Italian economy -- and not improving it, even though his 2008 election victory handed him a large majority, one that he could have exploited to make Italy competitive... But it's a stretch to say the aging Lothario wrecked the economy. That's the common view in "wealthy northern Europe (read: Germany), which is no doubt thrilled that Mr. Berlusconi will seek permanent refuge...
  • Yes, all the news about Prime Minister Berlusconi is pure puff and nonsense.

    11/09/2011 7:54:18 PM PST · by Razzz42 · 1 replies
    Notes From Underground ^ | 11.09.2011 | Yra
    Yes, all the news about Prime Minister Berlusconi is pure puff and nonsense. The Italian economic situation will not change one iota when Silvio steps aside and, in fact, I would argue that the situation will become more volatile. Italy has seen so many governments come and go since the end of WORLD WAR II that it must be the role model for Japan. Mr. Berlusconi may be a scoundrel but the markets and the Italians know what they have and it seems that Berlusconi the known is better than what may come next. If the present government falls there...
  • The End Of Berlusconi And The Global Risk Posed By Italy's $2.6TR Debt

    11/09/2011 12:52:26 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/8/2011 | Agustino Fontevecchia
    Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, seemingly untouchable media magnate who has brushed off countless scandals and challenges to his rule, appears to have made his final stand. On Tuesday, he passed a crucial budget vote, but failed to muster a majority on the measure, leading to speculation that he will be forced to resign. The situation takes global proportions as the systemically dangerous $2.6 trillion Italian bond market is quickly reaching unsustainable levels with yields on benchmark 10-years surging past 6.7%. “If I must die, I’ll do it in the House,” said a defiant Berlusconi Tuesday, vowing to meet his...
  • Italian Head of State Berlusconi Pledges to Resign What is Really Going On?

    11/10/2011 3:18:23 PM PST · by Razzz42 · 6 replies
    The euro strengthens against dollar after day of drama that saw the Italian prime minister lose his majority in parliament as pressure mounts on the Italian bonds. Unfortunately, what is going on behind the curtain is just sheer chaos. Europe now hinges on the Merkel Government in Germany. What has been done to Greece and now the financial chaos that spreads to Italy, on the one hand people can cheer that some progress seems to be unfolding, but in truth, these may be two heads of state that have just had enough. Berlusconi has been in court over 2,000 times....
  • Berlusconi signals intention to resign

    11/08/2011 11:18:28 AM PST · by AnAmericanAbroad · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Financial Times ^ | November 8, 2011 | By Guy Dinmore and Giulia Segreti in Rome and David Oakley and Tom Burgis in London
    Fast developing story out of Rome. No details yet, but you can check it out on the Drudge Report.
  • Berlusconi Loses Majority After Ally Asks Him to Resign

    11/08/2011 9:17:32 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 1 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 8, 2011 | ELISABETTA POVOLEDO
    ROME — Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of Italy won a budget vote in Parliament on Tuesday but the tally showed that he no longer has the support of the majority, a huge humiliation that raised the pressure on him to resign in the face of an escalating debt crisis that has hobbled Greece, threatens Italy and could infect the rest of Europe. The budget vote came hours after Umberto Bossi, a key ally in Mr. Berlusconi’s center-right coalition, publicly asked him to step aside for the sake of the country, the euro zone’s third-largest economy and a new epicenter of...
  • Italian Finance Minister Warns Berlusconi: Resign or There Will be Monday Market Bloodbath

    11/04/2011 12:25:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/04/2011 | Simone Foxman
    Italian Finance Minister Giulio Tremonti threatened PM Silvio Berlusconi today that, if the PM doesn't resign, there will be a steep price to pay. Via the Financial Times: “I am saying that on Monday there will be a disaster on the markets if you, Silvio, stay at your post and do not go. Because the problem for Europe and the markets, correct or not as it may be, is in fact you.” The relationship between Tremonti and Berlusconi has long been testy, but this appears to be a serious escalation of the tension between them.
  • Silvio Berlusconi 'makes secret pact to step down' (Italy)

    10/26/2011 7:10:10 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 3 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10-26-11 | Nick Squires
    Silvio Berlusconi has reportedly drawn up a "secret pact" under which he will resign in December or January, paving the way for Italy to elect a new government in March. "Don't make a fool of me in Brussels, and I promise that we'll go to elections in March," Mr Berlusconi told the Northern League leader, according to La Repubblica. Mr Berlusconi's government has been in a state of almost permanent crisis since it was re-elected in 2008, with the 74-year-old prime minister assailed by sex scandals, corruption allegations and deep rifts in his shaky coalition.
  • Internet outing of 'gay' MPs shocks Italy

    09/23/2011 3:11:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Herald Sun ^ | September 23, 2011
    THE internet naming of 10 Italian politicians as homosexual has caused a furore, with the country's main gay rights group calling it a "wretched rag-bag of gossip" that did more harm than good. The list, including right-wing ministers and members of parliament belonging to Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's party, was published today on a US-based weblog. The blog's authors said the aim was "to bring a bit of justice into a country where people have no way of defending themselves against daily insults and attacks from hypocritical politicians". "We decided to start with these 10 names to show clearly how...
  • Berlusconi Confirms Italy Moving Toward Balanced Budget Amendment

    08/05/2011 11:50:16 AM PDT · by Petrosius · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 5, 2011
    Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi confirmed that they would be moving toward a balance budget amendment on Friday, after rampant speculation that the European Central Bank would intervene bond markets and purchase Italian and Spanish debt in exchange for structural reforms.
  • Silvio Berlusconi calls Italy a '[crappy] country'

    09/06/2011 8:19:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 09/02/2011 | Joshua Keating
  • Italy Announces Austerity Plan 2.0 As Local Protests Spread, Turn Violent

    09/06/2011 8:07:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 09/06/2011 | Tyler Durden
    After Berlusconi was scolded by everyone, but most importantly by backstop solvency provider ECB, for his bull in a China shop maneuver of the first, now defunct, Italian Austerity plan, here are the details from the next, soon to be gutted "Austerity", which readers may be forgiven, if they take it with just a grain of salt. According to Bloomberg, the details are as follows: Plan to to include higher retirement age for women from 2014To add 3% tax on income over 500k eurosItaly to approve constitutional law for budget balance SeptTo increase VAT from 20% to 21%. Will...
  • Berlusconi boasts of sleeping with eight women in one night

    09/17/2011 7:48:11 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 38 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 17 September 2011 | Nick Squires
    The conversations were wire-tapped as part of an investigation into an alleged prostitution ring surrounding the prime minister Mr Berlusconi was recorded gloating about the encounters, and lamenting that he could not manage another three women that night. The conversations were wire-tapped as part of an investigation into an alleged prostitution ring surrounding the prime minister. The taped conversations also suggested for the first time that Mr Berlusconi gave money to the women he allegedly slept with, contradicting his repeated insistence that he has never paid for sex. In revelations which are set to test Italian tolerance to the limit,...
  • George Clooney Called as Witness in Berlusconi Sex Trial (Video)

    03/30/2011 10:08:31 AM PDT · by · 4 replies
    Yes, your eyes are not deceiving you. Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has called upon Hollywood Actor George Clooney to be among his defense witnesses for when he goes on trial. Berlusconi has been accused of having sex with a Moroccan nightclub dancer when she was 17, which is below the legal age for prostitution in Italy.
  • Former topless model joins Berlusconi's cabinet as Italy's equalities minister

    05/08/2008 6:46:16 PM PDT · by PotatoHeadMick · 107 replies · 19,138+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 9th May 2008 | NICK PISA
    It is not the sort of appointment Gordon Brown would make to his cabinet. But then Mr Brown is no Silvio Berlusconi, playboy and man of ostentatious political gestures. The Italian prime minister, long known for his fondness for pretty women, has named former topless model and beauty queen Mara Carfagna as equal opportunities minister in his new cabinet. Miss Carfagna, 33, turned to politics after a career on TV following her sixth-place finish in the 1997 Miss Italy contest. She has also posed topless and semi-naked for photoshoots but has always underlined her family values and stressed none of...
  • Italy scandal: Silvio Berlusconi in 'sex boast'

    09/17/2011 11:32:55 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 20 replies
    BBC News ^ | 17 September 2011
    Mr Berlusconi describes his parties as "friendly gatherings" Italian newspapers have carried transcripts of phone calls in which PM Silvio Berlusconi allegedly boasts that 11 women were queuing up outside his room to have sex with him. The intercepted conversation was with local businessman Giampolo Tarantini, who prosecutors allege was running a high-level prostitution ring. Eight people are charged with supplying prostitutes for Mr Berlusconi. He has not been charged and says he was unaware of their activities. However, judges want to interview him as a witness over allegations that Mr Tarantini attempted to extort money from him in return...
  • Italy: Berlusconi survives vote that threatened to topple govt

    10/15/2011 10:32:41 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    ADNKronos ^ | Friday, October 14, 2011 | AKI
    Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi on Friday survived a confidence vote that threatened to pull the plug on his conservative government. The 75-year-old prime minister won the vote by 316 to 301. Berlusconi has been under fire for his legal affairs and his handling of the European Union's fourth-largest economy. Italy's has been downgraded by all three of the major credit ratings on concern that the country's pallid economic growth can make it difficult for it to pay off it 1.9 trillion euros in debt. Meanwhile, Berlusconi is on trial in four separate cases that range from corruption to paying...
  • EU leaders shelter Berlusconi from prosecution

    09/13/2011 4:51:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 13 September 2011
    Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi avoided a court hearing in Italy today (13 September) regarding a sex and bribery scandal by scheduling meetings with the presidents of the three main EU institutions, who are all from his own center-right political family. … European Commission spokesperson Alejandro Ulzurrun admitted that the idea of holding a meeting between Commission President José Manuel Barroso and Berlusconi, which took place today in Strasbourg, came from the Italian government. He insisted that the leaders had to discuss the "important" issue of Italy's economic situation, and stressed that whenever Barroso received requests from EU leaders for...
  • Italy: Austerity plan in vanishing act

    09/02/2011 9:47:20 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies
    Presseurop ^ | 9/1/2011
    “The austerity plan is in chaos. It is time to go back to the drawing board” remarks La Repubblica in its report on the measures announced less than a month ago by the Italian government. As the daily points out, at the time Italy was the target of speculative attacks on the sovereign debt market which threatened to scupper the euro if nothing was done to quickly reassure investors. However the plan that was supposed to rein in Italian debt (which is the second highest in the world when evaluated on the basis of a percentage of GDP) within reasonable...
  • Italy's Berlusconi exposes NATO rifts over Libya

    07/07/2011 1:29:27 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 11 replies
    Reuters Africa ^ | July 7, 2011 | Lamine Chikhi
    Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Thursday he was against NATO intervention in Libya but had to go along with it, an admission that exposed the fragility of the alliance trying to unseat Muammar Gaddafi. NATO warplanes have been bombing Libya under a U.N. mandate, but the alliance is under mounting strain because of the cost of the operation and the failure, after more than three months, to produce a decisive outcome. "I was against this measure," Berlusconi said. "I had my hands tied by the vote of the parliament of my country. But I was against and I...
  • Netanyahu to Italy: 'We Have No Greater Friend'

    06/13/2011 11:41:36 AM PDT · by hattend · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | 13 Jun 2011 | Fox News
    ROME – Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi told a visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu exactly what he wanted to hear Monday, rejecting recognition of a Palestinian state by the U.N. General Assembly and insisting peace must come through negotiations. Netanyahu was in Italy to rally European opposition to plans by the Palestinians to ask the U.N. to recognize a Palestinian state in September. Israel, backed by the U.S., opposes such a move, saying it will only push peace farther away. Berlusconi echoed Netanyahu when asked about the U.N. statehood recognition at a press conference following the signature of several bilateral...
  • Italy: Milan will be 'Islamised' if leftist mayor elected, warns Berlusconi

    05/24/2011 6:25:54 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 5 replies
    Adnkronos ^ | May 23 2011
    Milan, 23 May (AKI) - Days ahead of a key run-off vote for mayor of Milan, Italy's prime minister Silvio Berlusconi warned the opposition centre-left would turn his hometown into an "Islamic" city overrun by Roma Gypsies and other immigrants. "Milan can't become, on the eve of the Expo 2015, an Islamic city, a city of Gypsies, full of Roma camps and swamped by foreigners, a city that gives voting rights to immigrants in municipal elections," Berlusconi said on Monday. "I don't think that we Milanese consider it a priority to build a beautiful mosque," Berlusconi said in a message...
  • Berlusconi Opposes Declaration of a PA State

    05/11/2011 4:06:54 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/5/11
    Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Wednesday that he opposes a unilateral declaration of an establishment of a Palestinian state.
  • Berlusconi claims he will empty Italian island of Lampedusa of migrants

    04/02/2011 1:04:48 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | Wednesday 30 March 2011 | Tom Kington in Rome
    Embattled Italian PM also offers tax breaks to island's residents as critics accuse him of using diversionary tactics... Silvio Berlusconi has put on a vintage display of showmanship, claiming he would empty the island of immigrants within 60 hours, nominate locals for a Nobel peace prize and buy a holiday home there... During a lightning visit to Lampedusa, which is closer to Africa than the Italian mainland, Berlusconi told cheering locals that six chartered ferries were arriving to pick up the remaining 6,000 migrants, mainly young Tunisian men, who have made the sea crossing since the collapse of the Tunisian...
  • 'Israel showed us no proof of Scuds to Hezbollah'

    02/21/2011 9:24:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies ^ | 2/21/11 | YAAKOV KATZ
    Ex-French defense chief says, despite close defense ties, Israel refused requests to back up claims that Hezbollah stored Scuds in Syria. Despite close defense ties, the defense establishment refused numerous requests from France for evidence to back up Israeli claims that Syria last year transferred long-range Scud missiles to Hezbollah in Lebanon, visiting former French defense minister Hervé Morin told The Jerusalem Post on Monday. Last April, Israeli defense officials said that Syria had transferred long-range Scud missiles to Hezbollah in Lebanon. A month later, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told his Italian counterpart, Silvio Berlusconi, that Hezbollah was storing the...
  • Berlusconi to face trial on sex and abuse of power charges

    02/15/2011 4:33:12 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 3 replies
    CNN ^ | February 15, 2011 | CNN Wire Staff
    Milan, Italy (CNN) -- Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi will be tried on charges of sex with an underage prostitute and abuse of power, an Italian judge ruled Tuesday. The trial is due to begin April 6, Judge Cristina di Censo decided, Italian judicial authorities confirmed. Three judges will preside over the criminal trial in Milan. Prosecutors in Milan filed the request for trial last week. Berlusconi denies the charges, and his lawyers have argued that the Milan courts do not have the authority to try a prime minister or jurisdiction over the case because of where the alleged crimes...
  • Thousands of Italian women in protest against Premier Silvio Berlusconi

    02/13/2011 5:26:30 PM PST · by Perdogg · 37 replies
    More than 100,000 Italian women and their supporters turned out across the country to protest against Premier Silvio Berlusconi, saying his dalliances with young women humiliate the sex as a whole and degrade female dignity. Backers of the 74-year-old Berlusconi, who is under investigation for allegedly paying for sex with a 17-year-old girl, dismissed the protests as strictly political