Silvio Berlusconi sits in studio of the ‘Porta A Porta’ TV show while a portrait of Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi is displayed in the background. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images.

Strange but true, media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi remains politically alive and well. What is more, as things stand, he is guaranteed to have a major s(...)

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi: The measure in question would exempt those convicted of tax crimes from punishment if the amount defrauded was less than 3 per cent of their total taxable income. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

The coalition Italian government of Matteo Renzi was forced into an embarrassing retreat yesterday after it emerged that one article in recently propo(...)

There were mixed fortunes for Aer Lingus and Ryanair yesterday. Aer Lingus rose by 2.1 per cent to €1.43 on low volumes but Ryanair declined by 2.7 per cent to €6.346. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

European stocks were little changed this week, following four weeks of gains, as euro- area economic growth missed estimates, and investors weighed eq(...)

Wall Street saw stocks fall in early trading amid profit-taking by investors. Photograph: Bloomberg

European stocks fell back from the six-year high reached on Tuesday as investors weighed earnings and equity valuations and media stocks ITV and Italy(...)

Italy’s former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi attends a news conference in Rome in this November 25th  2013 file photo. An Italian court ruled that Berlusconi should serve a one-year sentence for tax fraud doing community service. Phoitograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Files/Reuters

An Italian court tody ordered former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to serve a tax fraud sentence by doing community service and set travel r(...)

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. EPA/Ettore Ferrari

A Milan judge has agreed that former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi may serve his one-year sentence for tax f(...)

Barbara Berlusconi:  no experience of politics. Photograph: Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

On the day after Italy’s supreme court confirmed the ineligibility of centre-right leader Silvio Berlu(...)

Italian former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, with by girlfriend Francesca Pascale, leaving the People of Freedom party’s national convention in Rome late last year. He has lost the appeal against his tax fraud conviction. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

Italy’s highest appeals court last night confirmed a two-year ban from public office for centre-right leader and former prime minister Silvio B(...)

Ryanair, which is due to announce a new deal with Dublin Airport Authority today, fell 1.56 per cent to end the day at €5.695. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Stock markets across Europe fell as investors speculated that central banks will ease back on stimulus measures and on a general weakness in Asian mar(...)

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi closes his eyes in a gesture to supporters during a rally to protest his tax fraud conviction in central Rome in  August. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters.

Italy’s Senate will hold an open vote next month on whether to expel Silvio Berlusconi from parliament because of a tax fraud conviction, after an up(...)