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Italian Politics

Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 4:51 pm
by ice cream
Italy returns Berlusconi to power

Centre-right leader Silvio Berlusconi has warned of "difficult months ahead" after winning Italy's general election.

Mr Berlusconi, who is due to return to Rome from his home in northern Italy on Tuesday, won control of both the senate and lower house of parliament.

The decisive victory gives him a third term as prime minister. After being congratulated by defeated rival Walter Veltroni, the media mogul said he would work with the opposition to pass much-needed economic reforms.

Re: Italian Politics

Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 8:37 pm
by burnt fare
Mr Berlusconi said his immediate priorities would be settling the future of the loss-making national airline Alitalia and the crisis caused by uncollected mountains of rubbish in Naples.
The garbage collection remains an issue. The Prime Minister should establish a temporary residence in Naples and figure out how to solve the matter before the temperatures rise. Rodents can be hard to move along if they have a feast on hand.

Re: Italian Politics

Posted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 10:40 am
by deja vu
Italian MPs withhold fingerprints

About a third of Italian MPs are refusing to take part in a new electronic fingerprint voting system.

They are now being offered coffee breaks to try to persuade them to use the system, which is due to be introduced next week.

The scheme is meant to stop MPs voting for absent colleagues by reaching over and pressing their voting buttons. But some MPs are refusing to be fingerprinted, saying it will mean spending too much time in the chamber.

The aim is to make sure the casting of votes is more transparent. But about a third of the deputies in the 630-member lower house are objecting.

Some argue it is an invasion of privacy; others may be more shy because the police already have their prints, having been convicted of crimes ranging from corruption to biting a policeman's ankle.

Taxpayers money hard at work.

Re: Italian Politics

Posted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 12:04 pm
by fishandchips
Since some workplaces use electronic swipe cards, the politicians' ID cards could be used to vote or log in and out of the chamber. It does not make sense to have other politicians vote for an absent colleague who is out of the room for a bathroom break or meeting. The constituents whose politician is absent during votes would have a reason to replace him or her if the individual was often missing and not representing their interests on votes.

The chamber needs to keep in mind how mindnumbing sitting for hours in a chair is. The need for breaks is obvious.

Re: Italian Politics

Posted: Thu Jul 02, 2009 7:13 pm
by deja vu
ROME - Italy adopted a tough law against illegal immigration on Thursday, including a measure allowing citizens to mount their own patrols, despite fierce criticism from rights groups and the Vatican.

The European Commission announced it would examine the new measures to determine whether they comply with EU norms, warning that "automatic expulsion rules for entire categories are not acceptable."

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi had made tougher immigration rules a cornerstone of the election campaign that saw him returned to power in May 2008.

The senate, Italy's upper parliamentary chamber, endorsed a vote by the lower house in May bringing the package of measures into full force with 157 in favour, 124 against and three abstentions. ... story.html

If they didn't have an underground society before this, they will now. Plus I have to wonder if some hot heads will use this as an excuse to attack any one they think is an illegal citizen.

Re: Italian Politics

Posted: Thu Jul 02, 2009 9:26 pm
by burnt fare
That country, along with Greece, is having difficulty meeting all the EU immigration requirements because the sea brings illegal immigrants, they get processed and put into a cramped, overcrowded camp while they await their official outcome. Locals are getting familiar with newcomers taking cafe seats while they wait for someone to help them to the camp or get them processed.

Italy and Libya are going to use their marine vessels to patrol the water for boats carrying potential immigrants-those boats will be made to return to port in Libya and its passengers have to get identified by origin

Re: Italian Politics

Posted: Mon Oct 26, 2009 4:33 pm
by mousepad
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is to go back on trial in November, accused of tax fraud. It follows a recent decision by Italy's highest court to lift his immunity from prosecution while serving in office. He is to stand trial on 16 November - much earlier than expected - on charges linked to the purchase of TV and film rights by his family company, Mediaset. Mr Berlusconi denies the charges. He also faces another trial, yet to be set, for bribing a British tax lawyer.

He will be spending more time in court then running the country. Maybe he should step down and focus on trying to stay out of jail.

Re: Italian Politics

Posted: Mon Oct 26, 2009 5:30 pm
by CielOnTap
Actually, won't he have three court cases? Divorce court being one of the cases on his list.

It would seem appropriate for the PM to reconsider being a public official and think about saying "see you at the coffee bar."

Re: Italian Politics

Posted: Tue Oct 27, 2009 3:08 pm
by fishandchips
October 27, 2009

David Mills fails to overturn Berlusconi bribe conviction
Richard Owen, Rome
The chances of David Mills going to prison increased today as an appeal court in Milan upheld the British tax lawyer's conviction for accepting a $600,000 (£366,000) bribe from Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian Prime Minister.

The estranged husband of Tessa Jowell, the Olympics Minister, was given a four and a half-year sentence in March. His appeal will now go before the Court of Cassation, the Supreme Court. It must issue a definitive conviction by early next year if the case is not to run out of time under Italy's statute of limitations.

Mr Mills said: "My faith in the Italian justice system is becoming a trifle strained. But I am sure that when the case gets to the Supreme Court in Rome in the New Year the Court, which guards Italy's legal reputation, will deliver a fair verdict." ... 892145.ece

Nearing that 10-year mark for Italian law to move on the case. Why does the case take so long to be heard?

Re: Italian Politics

Posted: Fri Nov 20, 2009 12:18 pm
by fishandchips
No early elections, premier says
Berlusconi dismisses rumours, government has solid majority
19 November, 12:45

(ANSA) - Rome, November 18 - Premier Silvio Berlusconi on Wednesday dismissed talk of early elections because of rifts in his centre-right coalition.

"I'm amazed over all these rumours which are spreading making it seem that we are heading towards early elections. I've never given it a thought," said the premier in a statement released by his office.

"We've received an electoral mandate to govern for the entire five years of the legislature and this is the commitment which we are determined to carry through in the country's interest". ... 32626.html

His government's year is "shaken, not stirred" in 2009. Any chance of more news of newly built homes in the earthquake area?