Licio Gelli: even though he was given a 10-year sentence for having “derailed” the Bologna station investigation and a 12-year sentence for his role in the Banco Ambrosiano collapse, Gelli actually spent little time in prison.

Licio Gelli, one of the most controversial public figures of the entire post-war era in Italy, died on Tuesday night in his private Villa Wanda reside(...)

 Giulio Andreotti: many Italians believed he was the quintessential back-room wheeler-dealer, overseeing a political system riddled with cronyism and corruption. Photograph: AP Photo/Plinio Lepri

Giulio Andreotti, who died last Monday aged 94, served as Italian prime minister seven times and for more than half a century was known as “Mr (...)

Former Italian prime minister Giulio Andreotti embodied, more than anyone else, the postwar First Republic in all its controversies, scandals and mysteries. Photograph: Reuters/Tony Gentile

Seven times prime minister of Italy Giulio Andreotti, one of the country’s most influential postwar politicians, died yesterday in Rome at the (...)