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.
The EU's "mature democracies" rank low globally in terms of government transparency. But a new Freedom of Information Act in Italy promises to make the country an open data pioneer in Europe.
An Italian court has acquitted former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of paying for sex with an underage prostitute. This overturned a conviction in which the former premier was barred from seeking political office.
Formula One's prancing horses have looked ripe for the glue factory in 2014. After the floundering Ferrari outfit sacked its team principal and engine head, Chairman Luca di Montezemolo is now stepping down.
Italian voters snubbed the old guard and no clear winner emerged from the fray, even though a protest movement did capitalize on voters turning their backs on the ruling class. Now, could new elections be on the cards?
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