Early returns give center-left parties led by Pier Luigi Bersani a slim lead in parliamentary elections. Silvio Berlusconi's conservatives appear to headed for close victory in the Senate.
An Italian court has ordered former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to do a year of community service after he was found guilty of tax fraud. The 77-year-old has been spared going to prison due to his advanced age.
The new Italian prime minister, Matteo Renzi, has hit the ground running. If he keeps up this furious pace, we may indeed see real changes in Italy, writes DW's Bernd Riegert.
Italy's top appeals court has confirmed a two-year public office ban for former premier Silvio Berlusconi over a conviction for tax fraud. The ruling also means he cannot run as a candidate in EU elections this May.
Italy's president is meeting political party delegations to see if there is enough support for the mayor of Florence to lead a new national government. A decision could be made over the weekend.
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