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Italy’s former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi: has pulled his ministers out of the ruling coalition,  effectively bringing down the government of prime minister Enrico Letta and leaving Europe’s third-largest economy in chaos. Photograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

Italians woke up this morning to the not unfamiliar sight of an ugly government crisis after prime minister Enrico Letta, accused centre-right leader (...)

Italian centre-right leader Silvio Berlusconi pulled his ministers out of the ruling coalition this evening, effectively bringing down the government (...)

For two months now Berlusconi has seemed caught up in a schizophrenic frenzy, sending contradictory signals

Has media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi gone too far this time? This has been the week when Berlusconi not only accused the judiciary of attempting a “coup(...)

Rome Cavalieri, Rome, Italy
Hotels with movie magic
  • Travel
  • September 28, 2013, 01:00

Rome Cavalieri, Rome, Italyromecavalieri.comThis Waldorf hotel puts guests in the picture by recreating the film La Dolce Vita with them in the starri(...)

An Ig Nobel Prize at the Harvard University ceremony. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

Running on water would be out of this worldIf you fancy running across the surface of a pond, you might have a better shot at it if you – and the pond(...)

Take 5
  • Take 5
  • September 26, 2013, 00:00

Sherry FitzGerald Bray is seeking €500,000 for this four-bedroom bungalow on an acre of land at Woodview, Glaskenny, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow Italy Emil(...)

A used 2011 Ferrari 458 can be yours for €200,000, but it’s pristine, with low mileage

This must be a really tough recession because now even the mighty Ferrari is offering buyers extended second-hand warranties and inclusive servicing p(...)

German Minister for Finance Wolfgang talking to Michael Noonan in Brussels.  Schäuble laid out the view on which Berlin’s current policy is based with sobering clarity last week.  Photograph: Getty Images

Angela Merkel’s remarkable election result confirms her position as the dominant politician in Germany and so also in Europe. It is assumed she will g(...)

Private Wealth Management

‘I don’t approve of what Wall Street and the wealthy have done to this country, but they are the very ones buying my paintings.” The quote, from Ameri(...)

David Higgins of Ireland plays a tee shot during   the third round of the Italian Open at Circolo Golf in Turin, Italy. Photograph:  Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Australia’s Marcus Fraser will take a slender lead into the final round of the Italian Open on Sunday, but Francesco Molinari remains firmly in conten(...)

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