Silvio Berlusconi

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Berlusconi: Mussolini Wasn't So Bad

He did a lot of 'good' for Italy, sided with likely WWII winner, Hitler

(Newser) - On the occasion of today being a day that ends in "y," Silvio Berlusconi said something asinine and offensive : Speaking to reporters at a ceremony commemorating the Holocaust, the former premier decided it was the perfect venue to expound on all the "good" that one Benito Mussolini...

Berlusconi Blasts 'Feminist, Communist' Judges

He's upset about his divorce settlement

(Newser) - Milan court officials have defended the impartiality of their judges after ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi blamed "feminist, communist" magistrates for his $260,000-a-day divorce settlement. Berlusconi made the accusation in an interview with the La7 private television network and said he was appealing the settlement with his second ex-wife, Veronica...

Berlusconi to Pay Ex-Wife $48M a Year

Former Italian prime minister coughs up hefty alimony deal

(Newser) - The good news for Silvio Berlusconi is that he gets to keep the $100 million villa. The bad news is that he has to pay ex-wife Veronica Lario $48 million a year in alimony, reports the BBC . The former Italian prime minister reached a settlement with Lario this week. It'...

Italy PM Disses Berlusconi, Won't Run Again

Says logic of former PM 'escapes me'

(Newser) - Italy's caretaker Premier Mario Monti said today he won't run in February elections, but if political parties that back his anti-crisis agenda ask him to head the next government he would "evaluate the offer." Monti ruled out heading any ticket himself, saying "I have no...

Berlusconi Marrying Girlfriend, 27

Francesca Pascale once founded a Silvio support group

(Newser) - The world can only hope this means no more bunga bunga parties : Silvio Berlusconi is getting married—to a woman almost 50 years his junior no less, the Independent reports. "Finally I feel less lonely. I am engaged to a Neapolitan, it's official," said Italy's former...

Berlusconi Threatens to Run Again

Says it depends on opposition party's choice for leader

(Newser) - Italy's center-left Democratic Party is preparing to choose a new candidate for prime minister—and if it picks the wrong guy, Silvio Berlusconi thinks he might just have to step in. "I think that it's right for someone who had the honor of leading the Italian government...

Berlusconi Sentenced to 4 Years in Tax Fraud
 Berlusconi Sentence 
 Reduced to One Year 

Berlusconi Sentence Reduced to One Year

Former Italian premier is expected to appeal

(Newser) - A court in Italy has convicted former Premier Silvio Berlusconi of tax fraud and sentenced him to four years in prison—but the court quickly reduced the sentence to one year as part of a movement to reduce prison overcrowding, the Telegraph reports. In Italy, cases must pass two levels...

Italian Magazine to Publish Topless Kate Photos, Too

'Chi' is owned by Silvio Berlusconi

(Newser) - An Italian gossip magazine owned by former Premier Silvio Berlusconi plans to publish topless photos of Prince William's wife, Kate, despite legal action against a French magazine that published the images first. Chi is part of Berlusconi's publishing house Mondadori, which also owns Closer, the French magazine that...

Berlusconi Burlesque Girl Dressed as ... Obama?

She wanted to cheer up Italy's embattled former leader

(Newser) - This could make for an awkward diplomatic conversation down the road: One young woman says she dressed up as a burlesque version of Barack Obama to entertain former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Reuters reports that the racy routine took place at one of Berlusconi's "bunga bunga" parties—...

Berlusconi: 'Women Are by Nature Exhibitionists'

Bunga, bunga

(Newser) - Embattled former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi made a surprise appearance at his own criminal trial today. Berlusconi is not legally required to attend the trial, which concerns the allegation that he hired an underage prostitute. But he showed up anyway to observe and during a break decided to tell...

Berlusconi Had 'Stripper Nuns' at Parties: Witness

Model testifies that she was paid to attend bunga bunga party

(Newser) - Just when you thought you'd heard it all, this comes out of the Silvio Berlusconi trial : A witness, a model who says Berlusconi paid her $2,614 to attend one of his infamous bunga bunga parties, says she saw strippers dressed as nuns performing for the former Italian prime...

Court Tosses Berlusconi Corruption Case

But the one involving an underage prostitute is still in the works

(Newser) - A Milan court has ruled that the statute of limitations has run out in a corruption case against Silvio Berlusconi, handing Italy's former prime minister another victory in a long string of judicial woes he has faced. The former Italian prime minister wasn't in court this afternoon when...

DSK Story May Be Heading to Big Screen

Script deals with DSK, Berlusconi, Clinton, say sources

(Newser) - The sordid tale of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, as well as the sexual hijinks of Bill Clinton and Silvio Berlusconi, may soon be playing at a movie theater near you. Gerard Depardieu and Isabelle Adjani are being eyed as stars in a possible project involving Bad Lieutenant director Abel Ferrara and writer...

George Clooney Named as Berlusconi Witness

Star says he wasn't at Italian PM's 'bunga bunga' party

(Newser) - Coming soon to an Italian courtroom: The Berlusconi Bunga Bunga Trial, starring George Clooney, Silvio Berlusconi, a former belly dancer, and dozens of starlets and showgirls. Clooney is among the 214 defense witnesses to be called at the former Italian prime minister's trial on charges that he paid an...

Next for Berlusconi: Album of Love Songs

Well, he needed something to do after stepping down as PM

(Newser) - Grab your holiday wish list, because you are definitely going to want to add this to it: Coming out on Tuesday is a CD of love songs penned by none other than former Italian prime minister and famed bunga bunga party thrower Silvio Berlusconi. Apparently Berlusconi once worked as a...

Italy's Monti Forms Politician-Free Government

He's sworn in as PM ... ciao, Berlusconi!

(Newser) - It's a big day for Italy: Economist Mario Monti has been officially sworn in as PM—formally ending Silvio Berlusconi's 17-year-long run of political dominance—and he formed a new Italian government that doesn't include a single politician. Instead, he drew from the ranks of bankers, diplomats,...

On Last Day, Berlusconi Packs a Few Precious Items

Decides to keep sword, vase ... and photo of himself with George W. Bush

(Newser) - Today is Silvio Berlusconi's last day as the prime minister of Italy, and he did what any of us would do in our final moments on the job: packed up his stuff. But Berlusconi isn't exactly walking out with a cardboard box filled with picture frames and a...

Berlusconi's Party Backs Economist as New PM

Mario Monti faces gargantuan task

(Newser) - Silvio Berlusconi's conservative party is backing economist Mario Monti to put together a new coalition, leaving the man they call "professor" some outlandish shoes to fill and Italy's towering financial crisis to dig out of. And there's a catch: Monti's got to do it all...

Berlusconi Quits; Hecklers Shout, 'Buffoon!'

Musicians perform chorus of Handel's 'Alleluia'

(Newser) - Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi resigned today after parliament's lower chamber passed European-demanded reforms, ending a 17-year political era and setting in motion a transition aimed at bringing the country back from the brink of economic crisis. A chorus of Handel's "Alleluia," performed by a few dozen...

Berlusconi Could Be Out Tomorrow Night

Italian Senate Passes Economic Reform Bill

(Newser) - Italy's Senate approved crucial economic reforms demanded by the European Union today, the first step in paving the way for Silvio Berlusconi to resign as early as this weekend and a transitional government to be formed. The 156-12 vote took place after respected economist Mario Monti—widely expected to...

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