On the morning after his acquittal in the so-called “Rubygate” trial, 78-year-old former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is reportedly ready to reassume full time political activity. Having won one case, the Rubygate trial,Photograph: GIUSEPPE CACACE/Getty Images

On the morning after his acquittal in the so-called “Rubygate” trial, 78-year-old former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is reportedly ready to reass(...)

Silvio Berlusconi: in June 2013, judges argued he might be guilty of perjury because of payments made to Karima ‘Ruby’ El Mahroug and to the so-called Olgettine girls, who gave evidence at the trial. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/EPA

Public prosecutors believe centre-right leader Silvio Berlusconi continues to make payments to women who featured in his infamous “bunga, bunga” n(...)

In Dublin, Bank of Ireland was the main mover on the day, up 5 per cent at 31.7 cent as about 100 million shares changed hands. Photograph: Frank Miller

European stocks climbed after a report showed the German economy accelerated. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index added 0.6 per cent to 377.07 at the cl(...)

 Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi: “If someone was willing to stay behind after dinner and have sex with prime minister Berlusconi, then they would be paid more,” a woman told a court in Italy this week. Photograph:  EPA/Angelo Carconi

Not for the first time in recent years, former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has featured in a court case relative to the “after hours” ho(...)

New Italian president Sergio Mattarella arrives at the Constitutional Court in Rome. Photograph:  Ettore Ferrari/EPA

For Sergio Matarella, the man elected today as Italy’s 12th president, all changed on the morning of January 6th, 1980. That was the day when a Cosa N(...)

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(...)

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi (centre): while the “demolition man” was going to clean up politics, his 10 months in office have been marked by public administration scandals involving organised crime.  Photograph: Giuseppe Lami/EPA

When Italy’s dynamic 39-year-old prime minister Matteo Renzi first appeared on the international scene this year at EU, G20, Nato and other summits, h(...)

Silvio Berlusconi: analysts will be watching the country that, three years ago, nearly single-handedly sank the euro under the media tycoon’s stewardship. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty

  The Italian government yesterday reacted calmly to the results of the European Central Bank’s stress tests, identifying Italy as the cou(...)

The appeals court ruled that former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi was not guilty of “involvement in underage prostitution”. Photograph: EPA

Former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi did pay for sex with then 17-year-old Moroccan belly dancer Karima “Ruby” El Mahroug but he did not know she w(...)