has survived 50 no-confidence votes, three criminal trials and unending scandal in his personal life, but Italy's prime minister met his match on Tuesday.
Summary: Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi
has called Hollywood star George Clooney as one of his defence witnesses when he goes on trial.
has been in power for eight of those years, though, as Giuliano Ferrara, the editor of Il Foglio, puts it, the popular perception is that, given his commanding personality, he has ruled the whole time.
20, 2010, SPA -- Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi
laid down the gauntlet Friday, noting after a tense summit of his People of Freedom party that new elections could be on the agenda.
, the Italian prime minister, will seek a confidence vote next month for his ruling coalition, a member of his party has said.
AN ATTACKER hurled a statuette at Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi
at the end of a rally in Milan striking the 73-year-old leader in the face and leaving him with a bloodied mouth.
A MAFIA turncoat has claimed Cosa Nostra planned to kidnap the Italian Prime Minister - but the plot was scrapped because Silvio Berlusconi
had already hired a feared mobster to protect himself.
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi
has publicly denied ever paying women for sex, as he continues to struggle with a growing scandal over his links to young models and starlets.
Premier Silvio Berlusconi
said Friday he would resign immediately if he were shown to have lied about his relationship with an 18-year-old model at the heart of a scandal that has titillated Italy for weeks.
is now advising Silvio Berlusconi
, the Italian premier.
is leading a center-right coalition of parties into the April 9-10 vote against a center-left alliance headed by Romano Prodi, a former European Commission president.
In the unimaginatively titled Silvio Berlusconi
(London, Verso, New Left Books.