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  • With national general elections plus elections in three key regions less than five weeks away, the campaign has turned more agitated than any in recent history. Behind the obvious nervous tension is the fact that for the past decade of elections to Parliament and the Senate the country was effectively divided into two camps, and the political battle was limited to center right and center left vying for control over the moderate center. By contrast, this campaign, as veteran commentator Sergio Romano points out in the daily Corriere della Sera, has no certainties. "It's a free-for-all, with everybody against everybody else," says Romano.
  • Servizio Pubblico - Lite Berlusconi Santoro
    Judith Harris(January 13, 2013)
    An evening talk show went on for 2-1/2 hours on the left-leaning, independent (presumably) national TV network La Sette. Was a long, long show featured just three persons: that master emcee of political debate Michele Santoro, the former Premier Silvio Berlusconi (for whom Santoro had once worked) and the lively intellectual Marco Travaglio, second-in-command at the leftist daily Il Fatto Quotidiano
  • Mario Monti announces his formal entry into politics after 13 months of technical leader of Italy. The outgoing Premier has won the support of the Vatican. However, the polls continue to tell the story. They suggest that Monti has obtained the 20% of the potential electorate for the national general elections slated to take place in late February. Polls also show Silvio Berlusconi (on the right with his troubled Freedom Party (PdL)) at about the same amount while Pier Luigi Bersani (on the left with Partito Democratico) is expected to have at least 35% of vote.
  • At the primaries of the Democratic Party (PD), Pier Luigi Bersani has triumphed, walking away with 63.45% of the votes over his younger rival Matteo Renzi who won only 36.48%. What are the future possible scenarios for the Italian politic?
  • Facts & Stories
    Judith Harris(November 26, 2012)
    Over 3.1 million turned out to vote, with many waiting hours in line. Some of the 9,232 improvised polling stations, all staffed by volunteers, remained open into the late evening to allow as many as possible to vote. It was, in the end, a vote for democracy itself, and not only PD party leaders and activists rejoiced at this.
  • Op-Eds
    Judith Harris(September 22, 2012)
    Scandal at the Lazio regional government. A party, which was attended by around 2,000 people and cost 30,000 euros, was held in Rome. The event under the theme, “Ulysses returns and confronts his enemies” was organized a member of the regional government. In more than one photo Renata Polverini, head of the regional government, appears surrounded by grinning guys, girls in skimpy garb and geezers from her governing body, turned out in togas
  • An Italian magazine called "Chi" buys and prints photos of topless princess Kate Middleton in a 26-page spread. Why should we care? Because the magazine belongs to the mega-publisher Mondadori, which belongs to former Premier Silvio Berlusconi, who remains a possible candidate to succeed today's Premier Mario Monti.