Contested ballot papers recount.

A reassessment of some ballot papers was set to take place by 22.00 on Thursday evening following the refusal by centre-right leader Silvio Berlusconi to accept defeat in the elections. Around 43,000...

Prodi heads for senate victory.

In one of the toughest and closest-run elections in the countrys post-war history an unofficial projection now gives the centre-left LUnione coalition a majority of two seats in the senate. If this is...

Election uncertainty.

As Italians went to bed on Monday 10 April there was the possibility that they might wake with the centre-right Casa delle Libert coalition, led by Silvio Berlusconi, back in control of the senate, an...

Political asylum.

Thanks to a proposal by the foreign minister Gianfranco Fini, Italy has offered political asylum to Abdul Rahman, the Afghan citizen who risked being sentenced to death in his home country because he...

Berlusconi-Prodi face to camera.

The first round of the pre-election face-to-face encounters between Italian prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, leader of the Casa della Libert coalition, and the leader of the opposition LUnione coali...

Local elections in May.

Local elections in Italy for 11 provincial governments, councils for 28 provincial capitals, including Rome, and the Sicilian regional government will be held on 28-29 May. In all 1,307 cities, towns...

France snubs Italys energy overtures.

Italian politicians have accused France of neo protectionism and have strongly criticised the proposed merger between two French energy companies, Suez and Gaz de France, announced by the French prime...

Berlusconi versus the judiciary.

As the general election campaign hots up, Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian prime minister, who has never hidden his antipathy for the judiciary, has already made a number of attacks on magistrates. He h...

Rules for opinion polls.

As Italy approaches a general election on 9 and 10 April, the campaign is well under way and opinion polls are published almost daily, with both the right and the left now claiming that it is ahead....

Rome's mayor ahead in the polls.

An opinion poll, conducted on the 12-13 January by the market research group IPSOS, shows that 73 per cent of Rome's voters expect to return the incumbent, Walter Veltroni, to office at the city elec...

Veltroni to lead PD.

Rome mayor Walter Veltroni was triumphant in the primaries on Sunday 14 October for the leader of the nascent Democratic Party (PD), which will unite the two largest centre-left parties, the Margherit...

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