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Rallies draw crowds against Berlusconi

February 13, 2011 Leave a comment

By Guy Dinmore in Rome and Rachel Sanderson in Milan, published: February 13 201

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Angry women rally against Italian sexism

February 11, 2011 Leave a comment

By Guy Dinmore in Rome, published: February 11 2011

Italian women will test the strength of grassroots opposition to Silvio Berlusconi this weekend with rallies planned in more than 200 squares across the country to protest against what they see as Italy’s entrenched sexism symbolised by their prime minister’s “Ruby-gate” scandal. Read more…

Prosecutors seek immediate Berlusconi trial

February 9, 2011 Leave a comment

By Guy Dinmore in Rome, Published: February 9 2011

Prosecutors in Milan have requested an immediate trial for Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s prime minister, on the separate charges of paying for sex with an alleged teenage prostitute and putting pressure on police to release her from custody last year. Read more…

Bishops defeat Berlusconi’s Big Brother

January 11, 2011 Leave a comment
By Guy Dinmore and Giulia Segreti in Rome, published: January 11 2011

Bishops versus Big Brother. Result – a clear victory for the Catholic Church with a possible assist by Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s weakened prime minister and media mogul, who has launched a New Year campaign to appease his critics. Read more…

Italy pushes law driven by Roma influx

September 10, 2010 Leave a comment

By Gabriella Bianchi and Guy Dinmore in Rome, published: September 10 2010

Italy’s centre-right government is pressing ahead with controversial legislation driven by an influx from Romania of gypsies, also known as Roma, that will formalise the process of expelling unwanted European Union citizens.

Italy’s planned decree, co-ordinated with similar proposals in France, strikes at the heart of a landmark EU directive that sets out the conditional rights of citizens to freedom of movement and residence but is short on provisions on how governments can deal with those who breach conditions of their stay. Read more…

L’Aquila protestors clash with police

July 8, 2010 Leave a comment

By Marcantonio Piredda and Guy Dinmore
Italians protesting against the government’s response to last year’s earthquake in the city of L’Aquila clashed with riot police in central Rome on Wednesday as several thousand people were prevented from marching on parliament and Silvio Berlusconi’s residence.

Blocked outside Villa Grazioli, the prime minister’s residence, demonstrators shouted “Shame” and “Fool”. With traffic in chaos, clashes also took place on the main street leading to the prime minister’s offices and parliament. Two or three people were reported injured and Massimo Cialente, mayor of L’Aquila, complained he was kicked and shoved by police.

While the violence was not excessive, the protests were a fresh embarrassment for Mr Berlusconi who has presented the rescue and reconstruction efforts after the April, 2009, quake as a symbol of the government’s “can do” image. Read more…

Italian police raid Chinese criminal gangs

June 28, 2010 Leave a comment

by Guy Dinmore in Rome Published: June 28 2010

Italian police launched a major operation against Chinese criminal gangs across the country early on Monday, raiding illegal factories and seizing assets.

Italy’s Guardia di Finanza tax police said its Florence division had launched what it called Operation Great China in eight regions across Italy. Police said 17 Chinese and seven Italians were arrested while 134 others were under investigation. Police also seized 73 companies, 181 properties and 166 luxury cars.

Charges levelled against the Chinese included mafia association, money laundering and tax evasion, and organising illegal immigration, labour and prostitution. Some were also charged with counterfeiting, commercial fraud and the selling of goods against “Made in Italy” labelling regulations. Read more…