Mahroug insisted that she had not slept with the then 74-year-old prime minister. To win, everyone said there had to be a tested leader. [59] Luca Ricolfi, an independent analyst, held that Berlusconi had managed to deliver only one promise out of five, the one concerning minimum pension rates. Berlusconi asked Fini to step down, and the executive proposed the suspension from party membership of three MPs who had harshly criticised Berlusconi and accused some party members of criminal offences. Fifthly, he would reduce crime by introducing police officers to patrol all local zones and areas in Italy's major cities. [333], In December 2007, the audio recording of a phone call between Berlusconi, then leader of the opposition, and Agostino Saccà (general director of RAI) were published by the magazine L'espresso and caused a scandal in the media. If only one of these nine parties that formed The Union withdrew its support to Prodi, his government would have collapsed. [211] On 18 July 2014, the Italian appeals court announced the appeal had been successful and the convictions against Berlusconi were being overturned. [274] The magazine claimed that the documentation contained in its article proves that Berlusconi is 'unfit' for office[275] because of his numerous conflicts of interest. [130] Italy had some 3,200 troops deployed in Southern Iraq, the third largest contingent there after the American and British forces. Berlusconi appealed the sentence[384][383] and his conviction was quashed a year later, on 18 July 2014. [105], In the following years Berlusconi often expressed his point of view regarding his resignation in 2011. This incident caused a brief cooling of Italy's relationship with Germany. [314], Also in 2008, Berlusconi caused controversy at a joint press conference with Russian president Vladimir Putin. In 2010, Palermo's appeals court cut the sentence to seven years but fully confirmed Dell'Utri's role as a link between Berlusconi and the Mafia until 1992. [149], Gaddafi also took part in the G8 summit in L'Aquila in July as Chairman of the African Union. Il Carroccio sorpassa Forza Italia", "Silvio Berlusconi says he intends to stand for European parliament", "An NBA star, a TV chef and a comedian: meet some of the new MEPs", "Istituzioni, Europa, Enti Locali: "Il G8 deve fermare gli speculatori, "Esportare la democrazia anche cambiando leggi internazionali", "Italy's Berlusconi agrees to resign. [199] The Constitutional Court ruled on 20 June 2013, that the Chamber of Deputies decree having extended Berlusconi's immunity beyond what was provided for by the constitution, was a case with conflict of powers and should be disregarded. [227] In mid-October he informed the court that he preferred to serve the sentence by doing community service. A search revealed that he carried no weapons, although three hockey sticks and two knives were later found in his car. (According to protocol, Gaddafi should have sat three places away from Berlusconi).[154][155][156]. [126] In order to support Turkey's application the Italian Premier invited Prime Minister Erdoğan to take part in a meeting of the European leaders of Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, gathered in L'Aquila for the 2009 G8 summit. [27] By 1980, Berlusconi had established a relationship with the actress Veronica Lario (born Miriam Bartolini), with whom he subsequently had three children: Barbara (born 1984), Eleonora (born 1986) and Luigi (born 1988). In the late 1960s, he built Milano Due (Italian for "Milan Two"), a development of 4,000 residential apartments east of Milan. Berlusconi was leader of the centre-right coalition in the April 2006 parliamentary elections, which he lost by a very narrow margin, his opponent again being Romano Prodi. After completing his secondary school education at a Salesian college, he studied law at the Università Statale in Milan, graduating (with honours) in 1961, with a thesis on the legal aspects of advertising. Berlusconi created the first and only Italian commercial TV empire. [326], On 13 July 2011, according to a leaked telephone surveillance transcript, Berlusconi told his presumed blackmailer Valter Lavitola: "The only thing they can say about me is that I screw around [...] Now they're spying on me, controlling my phone calls. In regards of calculating the exact length of the public office ban, the Court of Cassation asked the lower court to re-judge this, because of prosecutors having presented new legal arguments for the ban to be reduced from five to three years. [306], In 2003, during an interview with Nicholas Farrell, then editor of The Spectator, Berlusconi claimed that Mussolini "had been a benign dictator who did not murder opponents but sent them 'on holiday'". Dieci ore dopo in ospedale sarebbe stato troppo tardi". For example, the law reducing punishment for all cases of false accounting and the law on legitimate suspicion, which allowed defendants to request their cases to be moved to another court if they believe that the local judges are biased against them. In 2002, Luciano Violante, a prominent member of the Left, said in a speech in Parliament: "Honourable Anedda, I invite you to ask the honourable Berlusconi, because he certainly knows that he received a full guarantee in 1994, when the government changed—that TV stations would not be touched. Berlusconi and his government quarrelled with the Italian judiciary often. In 2013, the European Parliament asked Italy to modify the Bossi-Fini law because it was too restrictive and severe. Berlusconi is one of the strongest supporters of Turkey's application to accede to the European Union. The conflict between Fini and Berlusconi was covered live on television. Mediaset, Berlusconi's television group, has stated that it uses the same criteria as the public (state-owned) television RAI in assigning a proper visibility to all the most important political parties and movements (the so-called 'Par Condicio') – which has been since often disproved. "Dell'Utri was very close to Cosa Nostra and a very good contact point for Berlusconi," he said. Girls! Italien . La Cinq and Tele 5 ceased operations in 1992 and were later replaced by La Cinquième and DSF, respectively. Thirdly, he committed to financing and developing a massive new public works programme. According to The Economist's findings, Berlusconi, while Prime Minister of Italy, retained in effective control of 90% of all national television broadcasting. [63], Centrist parties such as the Union of Christian and Centre Democrats immediately conceded The Union's victory, while other parties, like Berlusconi's Forza Italia and the Northern League, refused to accept its validity, right up until 2 May 2006, when Berlusconi submitted his resignation to President Ciampi.[64]. Cancemi disclosed that Fininvest, through Marcello Dell'Utri and mafioso Vittorio Mangano, had paid Cosa Nostra 200 million lire (between 100,000 and 200,000 of today's euro) annually. He had had contact with businessman Flavio Briatore, who had been hospitalized after contracting the virus,[400] and with his daughter Barbara and his son Luigi, who had also tested positive. Meanwhile his Mediaset TV group on Thursday was hit by a ruling that handed over a major victory to France’s Vivendi in their long running dispute. [144], Berlusconi visited Alexander Lukashenko in Belarus in 2009. © Copyright 2020 Variety Media, LLC, a subsidiary of Penske Business Media, LLC. Supporters emphasize his leadership skills and charismatic power, his fiscal policy based on tax reduction, and his ability to maintain strong and close foreign relations with both the United States and Russia. I have intervened on behalf of some personalities who are not leftists and have been completely set apart by RAI TV. Halonen took the incident in good humour, retorting that Berlusconi had "overestimated his persuasion skills". On 21 November 2008, the National Council of Forza Italia, chaired by Alfredo Biondi and attended by Berlusconi himself, dissolved Forza Italia and established The People of Freedom, whose inauguration took place on 27 March 2009, the 15th anniversary of Berlusconi's first electoral victory. After serving nearly 19 years as a member of the Chamber of Deputies, Italy's lower house, after the 2013 general election he became a member of the Senate. "[100], On 12 November 2011, after a final meeting with his cabinet, Berlusconi met Italian President Giorgio Napolitano at the Palazzo del Quirinale to tend his resignation. He was sentenced to seven years in jail, and banned from public office for life. (B) tax fraud equal in total to more than €62 million (120bn lira), committed in 1988–98. The fast-track trial opened on 6 April and was adjourned until 31 May. Berlusconi bankruptcy risks and legal investigation before entering politics: This page was last edited on 24 November 2020, at 13:57. They did not find evidence to corroborate Cancemi's allegations. Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party is vying for votes in six Italian regional elections later this month having formed a coalition with the country’s far-right League and Brothers of Italy forces. He intended to reduce the number of Cabinet ministers to 12. [149][151] The treaty was ratified by the Italian government on 6 February 2009,[148] and by Libya on 2 March, during a visit to Tripoli by Berlusconi. The term is also used to refer to a certain laissez-faire vision supported by him, not in the economy and markets, but also in relation to politics. 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