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Italy to Shrink Deficit Using Hookers, Cocaine

Illegal activities to be added to GDP

(Newser) - Surprisingly enough, this idea didn't come from Silvio Berlusconi: Italy plans to include things like illegal drug sales, prostitution, and cigarette smuggling in its GDP figures for the first time, immediately giving the size of the economy a big boost, Bloomberg reports. Prime Minister Mario Renzi has pledged to... More »

Berlusconi: I Did Not Call Merkel 'Un[bleep]able'

Plus: more hijinks from Silvio's interview with the BBC

(Newser) - Oh, those wacky European leaders: Perhaps the wackiest of them all, Silvio Berlusconi, gave an interview to the BBC's Jeremy Paxman that aired last night, and predictable ridiculousness ensued, reports the Guardian . Asked point-blank, "Do you have a particular problem with Angela Merkel? Is it true you called... More »

Berlusconi Reports for Duty at Hospice

Former Italian PM begins community service with Alzheimer's patients

(Newser) - Silvio Berlusconi headed to a hospice today ... to begin his community service for tax fraud . The former Italian prime minister was initially handed a four-year jail sentence, but it was dropped to a one-year term—now to be spent working one day a week with Alzheimer's patients. Berlusconi, who... More »

Berlusconi Bribed 'Bunga Bunga' Women to Keep Quiet: Court

New probe likely for former Italian PM

(Newser) - Silvio Berlusconi paid women who attended his "bunga bunga" parties to keep silent during a probe, an Italian court says. Amid suspicion over the parties, investigators searched the homes of young women allegedly involved. Afterward, in January 2011, Berlusconi invited the women to talk with his lawyers—and the... More »

Berlusconi Kicked Out of Senate

Italian Senate expels him following tax fraud conviction

(Newser) - Silvio Berlusconi won't be holding public office for at least six years after the Italian Senate expelled him from Parliament today. Berlusconi called today a "day of mourning for democracy" ahead of the vote, which is related to his tax fraud conviction, as thousands of his supporters cheered... More »

Berlusconi Banned From Politics for 2 Years

But he can still lead political party without holding office

(Newser) - A Milan appeals court today set Silvio Berlusconi's political ban in his tax fraud conviction at two years, setting the stage for more wrangling over the future of the embattled politician who continues to wield political influence. The appellate court was ordered by Italy's highest court to determine... More »

Berlusconi Has Worst Day Yet in Court

His conviction, jail sentence for tax fraud is upheld

(Newser) - Silvio Berlusconi has had his share of bad days in court in recent years, but none worse than today. Italy's top court upheld his tax-fraud conviction and related one-year jail sentence, and almost every story calls it his "first definitive conviction" or some close variation after all his... More »

Berlusconi Found Guilty, Gets 7 Years in Sex Case

Former Italian prime minister also barred from running for office

(Newser) - Silvio Berlusconi's alleged sexcapades earned him a seven-year prison romp today, as a Milan court found him guilty of paying an underage prostitutenamely Karima El Mahroug, aka Ruby the Heartstealer for sex at one of his infamous "bunga bunga" parties . The court also found the former... More »

Women Dressed as Obama at Berlusconi's Parties

Ruby Heartstealer reveals what went on inside his private disco

(Newser) - Silvio Berlusconi's notorious "bunga bunga" parties featured women dressed as sexy nuns, nurses and ... Barack Obama. That's according to Moroccan dancer Karima el-Mahroug—known better as "Ruby Heartstealer"—with whom the former Italian Prime Minister is accused of paying for sex when she was still... More »

Ford in Hot Water for Gagged Kardashian Ad

Seems India ad agency went a little rogue

(Newser) - Never mind that they were never supposed to see the light of day, Ford is quickly backing away from and apologizing for a pair of less-than-tasteful ads featuring bound and gagged women in the trunk of its Ford Figo. In one, Silvio Berlusconi sits at the wheel with three women... More »

Berlusconi Gets 1 Year in Wiretap Case

But prison sentence won't start immediately

(Newser) - Silvio Berlusconi was sentenced to a year in prison today in his wiretapping case, but don't look for him to be wearing stripes anytime soon, Reuters reports. He can appeal the decision, and a jail term won't start until all possible appeals are exhausted, ANSA explains. This sentence... More »

Italy Deadlocked After Crucial Elections

Chaos looms after no clear winner emerges

(Newser) - One of the most closely watched Italian elections of recent years has delivered a suitably dramatic result. Pier Luigi Bersani's center-left bloc has narrowly beaten Silvio Berlusconi's right-wing coalition to win control of the lower house, but failed to win a majority in the Senate—leaving Italy likely... More »

As Italy Votes, Topless Protesters Target Berlusconi

Three women had 'Enough with Berlusconi' written on their backs

(Newser) - Three feminist protesters added a little zing to Italy's crucial elections today, ripping off their shirts and attempting to charge Silvio Berlusconi as he voted. The trio had "Enough with Berlusconi" ("Basta Berlusconi") written across their backs, reports Sky News , and were quickly accosted by police... More »

Berlusconi Sex, Fraud Trials Halted So He Can Run Again

Financial Times says another Berlusconi govt would be 'disaster'

(Newser) - Italian judges may be mostly " feminist, communist " types, but they were nice enough to Silvio Berlusconi to postpone his underage sex trial , as well as tax fraud trial and other legal issues, until after elections at the end of the month, reports Reuters . The Milan judges agreed that... More »

Berlusconi: Mussolini Wasn't So Bad

He did a lot of 'good' for Italy, sided with likely WWII winner, Hitler

(Newser) - On the occasion of today being a day that ends in "y," Silvio Berlusconi said something asinine and offensive : Speaking to reporters at a ceremony commemorating the Holocaust, the former premier decided it was the perfect venue to expound on all the "good" that one Benito Mussolini... More »

Berlusconi Blasts 'Feminist, Communist' Judges

He's upset about his divorce settlement

(Newser) - Milan court officials have defended the impartiality of their judges after ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi blamed "feminist, communist" magistrates for his $260,000-a-day divorce settlement. Berlusconi made the accusation in an interview with the La7 private television network and said he was appealing the settlement with his second ex-wife, Veronica... More »

Berlusconi to Pay Ex-Wife $48M a Year

Former Italian prime minister coughs up hefty alimony deal

(Newser) - The good news for Silvio Berlusconi is that he gets to keep the $100 million villa. The bad news is that he has to pay ex-wife Veronica Lario $48 million a year in alimony, reports the BBC . The former Italian prime minister reached a settlement with Lario this week. It'... More »

Italy PM Disses Berlusconi, Won't Run Again

Says logic of former PM 'escapes me'

(Newser) - Italy's caretaker Premier Mario Monti said today he won't run in February elections, but if political parties that back his anti-crisis agenda ask him to head the next government he would "evaluate the offer." Monti ruled out heading any ticket himself, saying "I have no... More »

Berlusconi Marrying Girlfriend, 27

Francesca Pascale once founded a Silvio support group

(Newser) - The world can only hope this means no more bunga bunga parties : Silvio Berlusconi is getting married—to a woman almost 50 years his junior no less, the Independent reports. "Finally I feel less lonely. I am engaged to a Neapolitan, it's official," said Italy's former... More »

Berlusconi Threatens to Run Again

Says it depends on opposition party's choice for leader

(Newser) - Italy's center-left Democratic Party is preparing to choose a new candidate for prime minister—and if it picks the wrong guy, Silvio Berlusconi thinks he might just have to step in. "I think that it's right for someone who had the honor of leading the Italian government... More »

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