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Italian pensioners sacrificed to ‘silence European bankers’

Tom Gill Looks like Italian pensioners will be sacrificed to pay for reckless lending by French banks to Greece. Or to “silence EU bankers”, as Carla Cantone from the CGIL trade union central put it in an interview with l’Unita newspaper today. Cantone said plans apparently hammered out between Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi and Umberto … Continue reading

Is it arrivederci for Silvio?

By Tom Gill Is the game really up for Silvio Berlusconi? Italian MPs will decide tomorrow. A confidence vote is due in the Italian parliament, following a humiliating and wholly unexpected defeat on Tuesday on an essentially technical vote. Significantly Guilio Tremonti, Berlusconi’s Finance minister, and Umberto Bossi, the leader of junior coalition partner, the … Continue reading

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

Elections crown Bossi ‘Re Umberto’

By Tom Gill Despite all his troubles, Italy’s media magnate and premier Silvio Berlusconi pulled off another decisive victory against the opposition in the March local elections. Of the 13 contested regions Berlusconi’s right-wing People of Freedom (PdL) movement won six, a gain of four from the centre-left. The result came as a surprise to … Continue reading

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