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Silvio Berlusconi

Silvio Berlusconi is an Italian politician, the current Prime Minister of Italy, as well as an entrepreneur. He is also known under the nickname Il Cavaliere (literally, The Knight), due to the knighthood Order of Merit for Labour which he received in 1977.
He is the second longest-serving Prime Minister of Italy, a position he has held on three separate occasions: from 1994 to 1995, from 2001 to 2006 and currently since 2008. Technically, Berlusconi has been sworn in four times because after a cabinet reshuffle, as happened with Berlusconi in 2005, the new ministry is sworn in and subjected to a vote of confidence. He is the leader of the People of Freedom political movement, a centre-right party he founded in 2009. As of November 2009, he is the longest-serving current leader of a G8 country. As of 2010, Forbes magazine has ranked him as the 74th richest man in the world with a net worth of US$9 billion.
Berlusconi's political rise was rapid and surrounded by controversy. He was elected as a Member of Parliament for the first time and appointed as Prime Minister following the ... » Read more on Wikipedia.org

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Silvio Berlusconi's set to sell stake in AC Milan
2014-04-02
The family of former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi is considering selling a stake of between 20 and 30 percent in football team AC Milan, a spokesman for club co-chief executive Barbara Berlusconi said on Wednesday.
(Irish Independent)
  1. Media Mogul Silvio Berlusconi Eyeing European Parliament Bid Despite Ban on ...
  2. Silvio Berlusconi puts AC Milan on sale
  3. Berlusconi family could sell 30 pct stake in AC Milan

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Italian ex-PM Berlusconi says moves to expel Russia from G8 counterproductive
2014-03-26
ROME, March 26. /ITAR-TASS/. Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi dubbed as counterproductive the refusal of G7 leaders to continue a dialogue with Russia on the G8 agenda. “I consider all decisions of Western diplomacy of the recent hours ...
(ITAR-TASS)
  1. 'Berlusconi must get involved'
  2. Berlusconi calls treatment of Russia counter-productive
  3. Serie A - Berlusconi 'puts €50m a year into Milan'

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Silvio Berlusconi says his children won't replace him in EU polls
2014-03-22
ROME: Italy's former prime minister and media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi on Saturday dismissed rumours that one of his children would fly his party's colours in the European Union's May elections. "Those are all inventions," Berlusconi, 77, told ...
(Economic Times)
  1. Berlusconi denies children seeking EU seats

2013
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Silvio Berlusconi's PdL party leads the polls once again
2013-08-30
Rome, August 30 - Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom Party (PdL) has roared back into first place among Italian political parties, according the latest election survey conducted by Italian online polling company SWG. The centre-right PdL appealed to ...
(Gazzetta del Sud english)
  1. Berlusconi's popularity soars despite scandals
  2. Italian court insists Berlusconi devised tax fraud
  3. Berlusconi Masterminded Tax Evasion Plan, Italian Court Says

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Silvio Berlusconi Meets with Bersani to End Italy's Political Passe
2013-04-10
Silvio Berlusconi will meet Pier Luigi Bersani, the former Italian PM announced, in a sign that a door may be opening for the two mainstream parties to reach an agreement on the shape of the future Italian government. However, PD leader Bersani, while ...
(ValueWalk)
  1. Italy's Bersani meets Berlusconi to seek end to impasse
  2. Italy's Bersani and Berlusconi to continue talks for presidential election
  3. Italy's Bersani and Berlusconi discuss presidential vote

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Silvio Berlusconi 'hosted a prostitution system'
2013-03-05
Silvio Berlusconi 'hosted a prostitution system'. Silvio Berlusconi hosted a "prostitution system" at his villa near Milan, where he paid women for sex with cash and favours, a prosecutor at the former prime minister's trial has said. Silvio Berlusconi ...
(Telegraph.co.uk)
  1. Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi `hosted prostitution parties`
  2. Silvio Berlusconi's Bunga-Bunga Parties Featured 'Established Vice Ring'
  3. Closing arguments begin in Berlusconi case

2012
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Silvio Berlusconi launches attack on Mario Monti and austerity
2012-12-11
Silvio Berlusconi launches attack on Mario Monti and austerity. Silvio Berlusconi has launched an extraordinary rant against Mario Monti, the Italian prime minister, accusing him of being too "German-centric" and claiming that concern over Italy's ...
(Telegraph.co.uk)
  1. Silvio Berlusconi blames Germany for Italy's financial problems ...
  2. Monti resignation announcement causes fears of renewed euro turbulence
  3. Euro slides further

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'I'm the most successful president in footballing history' - Berlusconi
2012-12-10
Silvio Berlusconi has stated that the success that AC Milan have enjoyed during his time at the club are unmatched in the game. Since the Italian politician took charge of the Rossoneri in 1986, the club have won the Champions League on five occasions ...
(Goal.com)
  1. Football - Soccer-Milan are learning to make do, Barbara Berlusconi says
  2. AC Milan Club Focus: Berlusconi and his chopper
  3. Barbara Berlusconi talks Milan

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Former Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi found guilty of fraud
2012-10-27
Former Prime Minister was yesterday found guilty of tax fraud and sentenced to four years in prison, which was reduced to one year because of a law passed by Mr Berlusconi which aimed to reduce overcrowding of prisons.
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2011
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Economic (4)
2011-11-09
Italy's Berlusconi to resign after economic changes OK'd (10Connects.com, USA Today)
Economic crisis brings curtain down on Berlusconi era (Regina Leader-Post)
Berlusconi Offers To Resign After Parliament Approves Economic Reforms (RTT News)
Excerpt: ROME - It wasn't the charges of tax evasion, bribery, influence peddling or even paying for sex with a 17-year-old girl that brought down Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. On Tuesday, Europe's fast-growing debt crisis claimed its latest victim in... (Read article)

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Reforms Passed (4)
2011-11-08
Italy's Berlusconi to resign after reforms pass (KABC)
Italy PM Silvio Berlusconi offers to quit if Euro reforms are passed (Economic Times)
Berlusconi confirms will leave after reforms passed (Reuters India)
Excerpt: ROME -- Italy's key borrowing rate spiked Wednesday well above the 7 percent level that eventually forced other eurozone countries to seek bailouts, amid uncertainty over who would lead the country when Premier Silvio Berlusconi steps down. On Tuesday... (Read article)

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Resignation Rumors (3)
2011-11-07
Opening View: DJIA Lower on Berlusconi Resignation Rumors (NASDAQ)
Berlusconi: Resignation Rumors 'Are Groundless' (NPR News)
Silvio Berlusconi: Resignation Rumors 'Without Foundation' (Huffingtonpost.com)
Excerpt: Italy has snagged the spotlight from Greece in the ongoing European fiscal fiasco. Specifically, rumors are swirling of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's resignation in the face of Tuesday's scheduled budget vote. Against this backdrop... (Read article)

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Berlusconi proposes January elections if government fails to gain parliamentary majority
2010-12-23
Silvio Berlusconi has layed foundations for a potential election in Italy early next year. The Prime Minister of Italy said he would consider holding an election if his government failed to have a significant parliamentary majority and is unable to pass reforms by the end of January.
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2009
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Berlusconi to remain in hospital after assault
2009-12-14
The Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, is to remain in the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan, following yesterday's assault which left him with facial damage, two broken teeth, a broken nose and cuts to his lips. The assault on the 73-year-old media mogul came at the end of a political rally where Prime Minister Berlusconi had addressed the assembled crowd.
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Prime Minister of Italy Silvio Berlusconi assaulted
2009-12-13
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is in San Raffaele Hospital overnight in Milan following an assault during an autograph session at the end of a rally.
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Italian court overturns law preventing trial of Prime Minister Berlusconi
2009-10-07
Italy's Constitutional Court has overturned a law that granted Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi immunity from being prosecuted. There are at least three court cases that can now proceed against him, including a corruption trial.
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