On March 4, Italians go to polling stations to elect the lower and upper house of parliament. While no party is expected to gain a majority strong enough to form the government on its own, a new voting system is being tested this year. The set-up, a mixture of first-past-the-post and proportional representation, is believed to make the vote one of the most unpredictable in Italy's history.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Silvio Berlusconi, a former Italian prime minister and the Forza Italia party leader, earlier in March lodged an appeal against his ban on running for public office, with a decision expected to come not earlier than this summer, the Corriere della Sera newspaper said on Friday citing sources.
ROME (Sputnik) - Roberto Fico, a Five Star Movement (M5S) member, on Saturday was elected president of Italy's Chamber of Deputies.
The recent parliamentary elections in Italy have sent a strong signal to Brussels, Alessandro Bertoldi, a representative of the center-right coalition, political consultant and analyst, has told Sputnik. The politician hopes that a new government will help solve Italy’s major domestic issues and improve relations with the US and Russia.
In an exclusive interview with Sputnik, Fabio Massimo Castaldo, a senior member of Italy's Five Star Movement and vice-president of the European Parliament, specifically commented on sending more than 100 Italian servicemen to Latvia as part of NATO's eastward expansion.
Sunday’s Italian election confirmed the rise of anti-establishment, Eurosceptic parties in yet another European nation, with a large chunk of Italians voting for such parties. However, no party won enough seats to govern on their own, and, due to the hung parliament result, negotiations are ongoing to form a coalition government.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Silvio Berlusconi, the former Italian prime minister, who heads the Forza Italia party, which is part of the center-right coalition, said on Tuesday that he will remain the "director" of the coalition, which hopes to receive the mandate to form the new government after the latest election results.
ROME (Sputnik) - The Democratic Party (PD) of Italy has to ally with the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) in the current situation of a political deadlock in order to allow the formation of the government and to prevent right-wing Lega from entering into power, Carlo Dell'Aringa, a member of the Chamber of Deputies told Sputnik.
An Italian model who made headlines in 2016 by offering to perform fellatio on voters willing to take a stand against constitutional changes proposed at the time by the prime minister is now considering becoming a fully-fledged politician.
Sputnik spoke with James Newell, Professor of Politics at the University Of Salford, and Professor Leila Simona Talani, Professor of International Political Economy at King’s College London to gain further insight onto how the election will impact Italy and the EU.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - In the wake of Italy's general elections held on Sunday, Roberto Jonghi Lavarini, the right-wing Brothers of Italy party's candidate, in an interview to Sputnik spoke about Italy's future policy on anti-Russian sanctions, as well as possible allocation of posts in the new government.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Freedom Party of Austria (FPO) congratulated Italy’s Lega party on achieving great results in the election, expressing hope that both parties would succeed in closing the Brenner Pass on the Italian-Austrian border, a migrant route in the eastern Alps, Roman Haider, the FPO’s foreign policy spokesman, told Sputnik on Monday.
In Italy's general election the country's ruling Democratic Party (PD) headed by the former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has seen a bitter defeat as it has not managed to receive even 20 percent of votes, whereas the center-right coalition achieved historic results with its 37 percent.
At Italy's general elections, the center-right coalition, consisting of League, former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia, right-wing Brothers of Italy and a small party Us with Italy, secured over 37 percent of the votes, though falling short of getting an overall majority.
The former UKIP leader and one of the architects of Brexit offered his congratulations to Italy's euroskeptic party in light of its reported success in the elections last week.
Speaking to Radio Sputnik, political scientist Dr. Arianna Giovannini outlined four possible scenarios for Italy following Sunday's highly contested parliamentary elections, and what it will take for the country to move forward in a positive fashion.
ROME (Sputnik) - The center-right coalition has a good chance to win the general election held in Italy on Sunday, and right-wing Lega party may well get an edge over the three other political forces in the center-right alliance, a member of the Chamber of Deputies from Lega, Massimiliano Fedriga, told Sputnik in an interview.
The Italian general election, which this time is to combine a US-style first-past-the-post scheme with the proportional representation system better known in Europe, is in full swing; Sputnik talked to Luigi Marco Bassani, professor of politics at Milan University, about the possible outcomes of Sunday’s political event.
On Sunday, Italians are heading to polling stations all over the country to vote in an election that could empower the country's center-right coalition or the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) – that is, if locals don't decide to give one more chance to the governing Democratic Party (PD). The results are expected on Monday.
ROME (Sputnik) - After a number of highly unpredictable votes in the last two years in Europe and across the ocean, it is now Italy's turn to test how far the anti-establishment and populist mood in the country may go at the general election on Sunday.