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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(...)

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(...)

Smurfit Kappa, the paper and packaging giant, ended the day down about 3 per cent, after a high volume sell-off in the final two hours of trading. At one stage in the final hour, it was down 5.1 per cent

The Iseq eased back by about 0.6 per cent yesterday, as indices across the world edged lower on uncertainty over when and how the US Federal Reserve w(...)

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi: Italian equities dropped, with the country’s banks among the biggest fallers, while bond yields rose after members of Silvio Berlusconi’s centre-right party warned they would bring down the government if the former prime minister is expelled from parliament over a recent conviction. Photograph: Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi

European stocks fell for the first time in three days amid political wrangling in Italy. Italian equities dropped, with the country’s banks among the (...)

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi reacts during a vote session at the Senate in Rome on July 19th, 2013. Berlusconi is unlikely to have to serve any time in jail because of his age. Photograph: Reuters/Remo Casilli

Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi has broadcast a video message on Italian television after a ruling by Italy’s supreme court upholding a tax f(...)

Italy’s supreme court today upheld a jail sentence against Silvio Berlusconi for tax fraud in a devastating blow to the former prime minister that cou(...)

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