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Prodi and Padoa-Schioppa accused of defamation

Roberto Speciale, the former head of the Italian finance police (Guardia di Finanza) has started legal proceedings against Romano Prodi, prime minister, and Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa, finance minis

Security not on the left’s agenda

Words and good intentions seem to be all Prodi and his ministers have to offer to improve the country's security. In the long dead twelve point program the left presented before the elections, la

Demands for new elections keep growing

The three main leaders of the centre-right opposition - Silvio Berlusconi (Forza Italia), Gianfranco Fini (Alleanza Nazionale) and Umberto Bossi (Lega Nord) will today talk to the President of t

Administrative elections and political defeat

Justice Minister Clemente Mastella's comment on the outcome of the second ballot of the administrative elections has been that the government "has avoided a Waterloo". Indeed, the victory for the

Rioters target Rome during Bush visit as the government remains divided

The riots in Rostock preceding the G8 summit in Heiligendamm have raised concerns about violent protests during the visit of President Bush to Italy this coming weekend. The violence in Rostock

Politics: Italy’s leading industry?

Addressing the annual assembly of Confindustria in Rome, its President Luca Cordero di Montezemolo drew a rather grim picture of Italy's political class. In what seemed like an outright manifesto

Opinion polls reflect disillusionment with the centre-left coalition

A year after the narrow victory of Romano Prodi’s multiparty coalition in the general elections, two out three Italians are disappointed with the work of his government. According to an opinion

The Left without Berlusconi

After may 12th , when the left once again showed its evident internal divisions in its factions’ approach to the “family day”, a new split is expected over US President Bush’s

Left heterogeneous on family

Over a million people rallied on Saturday in Rome's Piazza San Giovanni, at the "family day" organized by catholic associations and supported by some political circles, coming mainly from the opp

National interest and summer holidays

The new “Democratic Party” - formed by the “reformist” movements of the coalition, Democratici di Sinistra e La Margherita – meant to bring some unity to Italy’s fragmented left,