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The Italian left is being remade

by Tom Gill   There has been a festive mood in the air in Italy after voters delivered a real beating to premier Silvio Berlusconi in the second-round local elections. Tens of thousands filled Milan’s cathedral square sporting orange T-shirts and balloons to celebrate the victory of the left-wing lawyer Guiliano Pisapia as their new … Continue reading

Italians fire warning shot

By Tom Gill Thursday 19 May 2011 Italy’s premier Silvio Berlusconi called them a national referendum on his rule. If that’s the case, the local elections held in towns and cities across the country on May 15 and 16 were a massive No vote. The prime minister’s People of Liberty party and his main coalition … Continue reading

Berlusconi’s big bust-up

By Tom Gill Is it the beginning of the end for Silvio Berlusconi? Reports of his political death have been much exaggerated before. But this time the odds have decidedly shortened. A string of sex and corruption scandals, attacks on press freedom and a disastrous economy have plagued the billionaire premiere for months. But Berlusconi’s … Continue reading

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