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Head of Austria’s far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) Heinz-Christian Strache (centre) and top candidate Harald Vilimsky (right) celebrate after European Parliament elections in Vienna.  The party ended on 20.5 per cent – up 7.8 per cent on 2009. Photograph: Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters

Italy: Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi’s centre-left Democratic Party (PD) was ahead of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, according to an ex(...)

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is seen while a portrait of his wife Veronica Lario is projected in the background. Photograph:  Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images

European election gimmick or bitter row between ex-husband and wife? Veronica Lario, former wife of media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi, at the weekend rea(...)

Silvio Berlusconi has been campaigning heavily for his   centre-right Italian party ‘Forza Italia’ ahead of the European elections this Friday. Photograph: Angelo Carconi/EPA

Veronica Lario, former wife of media tycoon and Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, has reacted angrily to less than flattering photographs of h(...)

Silvio Berlusconi, leader of centre-right Italian party Forza Italia, greeting supporters in Rome this week. Photograph: Angelo Carconi/EPA

In more than 40 years of public life, former centre-right prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has never been accused of hiding his light under a bushel. (...)

Last week’s scandals involving the Milan Expo exhibition and the Forza Italia party of Silvio Berlusconi (above) run the risk of turning a solid abstentionist vote into a Eurosceptic or protest vote. Photograph: Daniel Dal Zennaro/EPA

Just when Italy needed them least, along came another set of Mafia and corruption scandals to set up the Eurosceptics for a field day when Italy vo(...)

Milan judges have ordered Mr Berlusconi to do at least four hours per week of community service, in the wake of a four year (reduced to one) sentence last year for tax fraud on the part of his Mediaset TV company. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi arrived 15 minutes early this morning for his community service appointment at the Sacra Famiglia old (...)

Community service
  • Europe
  • April 17, 2014, 08:27

At 77 he has no intention of slowing down, politics still animates him as fiercely as ever, and his party, little more than a personal election(...)

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(...)

Former MEP and senator Marcello Dell’Utri leaving the Palermo appeals court in Sicily after a hearing on MArch 25th, 2013. Mr Dell’Utri denies he has gone on the run in advance of a final hearing next Tuesday. Photograph: Michele Naccari/EPA

A Palermo appeals court judge has confirmed that former MEP and senator Marcello Dell’Utri, a lifelong business and political ally of Italy’s e(...)

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