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(...)

A file image of Italian center-right leader Silvio Berlusconi.  A Milan court has  ruled that the former prime minister  should be barred from holding public office for two years following a conviction for tax fraud. Photograph: Reuters

A Milan court today ruled that former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi should be barred from holding public office for two years following a convictio(...)

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has formally requested to do a year of community service rather than be jailed or put under house arre(...)