Silvio Berlusconi is an Italian media magnate and politician. A three-time prime minister of Italy, his career has been marked by a number of scandals.
Born in Milan in 1936, Silvio Berlusconi rose from a middle class background to become one of Italy's wealthiest men. He launched his own cable TV channel in 1974 before starting a career in politics in 1993. He founded the right-wing Forza Italia party and served three times as prime minister (1994-5; 2001-6; 2008-11). He has been embroiled in various sex and corruption scandals during the course of his career. In 2013, he was convicted of tax fraud and barred from seeking office. This is a collection of DW's content on Silvio Berlusconi.
Silvio Berlusconi's old acquaintance said he would be willing to leave his post at the European Parliament for the prime minister's office. The two have known each other since Tajani co-founded Forza Italia in 1994.
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Italy's general election takes place on March 4th. According to opinion polls, the governing Democratic Party has steadily been losing support. Meanwhile a right-of-center alliance led by former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has a clear lead. Campaigning had been fairly low-key by Italian standards. But two incidents involving migrants have changed that. Angelo Van Schaik reports.
More than 690,000 immigrants have arrived in Italy by boat since 2013. Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi says he'll deport illegal migants if his coalition wins upcoming elections. Yet his opponents blame him for the situation. Crispian Balmer, Reuters chief correspondent in Italy, explains why to Keith Walker.
The 81-year-old veteran of Italian politics is on course for a stunning political comeback in next year's national general election. His center-right bloc may not have much to fear from the ruling Democratic Party.
Sicily's regional vote is showing a tight race between the center-right backed by Silvio Berlusconi and the populist Five Star Movement. The election is seen as a rehearsal ahead of Italy's national election in 2018.