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Il Giornale - Italy | 05/01/2015

Citizens pay price for bullying of Berlusconi

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi shelved new legislation on tax offences approved by the Council of Ministers at the end of December. Under the new regulation, tax offences would not be subject to criminal investigation if the amount in question doesn't exceed three percent of the perpetrator's taxable income. The law could have invalidated the punishment handed down to ex-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. Il Giornale, the pro-Berlusconi daily which is owned by the ex-prime minister's brother, rails against what it calls blind anti-Berlusconiism: "The government has blocked a sensible regulation that would have made minor tax offences, often committed absent-mindedly, exempt of punishment. Why? Because the regulation is 'tailored to Berlusconi'. That is not true. But now thousands of Italians will be punished in the name of anti-Berlusconiism. ... Italy's only problem appears to be preventing Silvio Berlusconi from doing politics. The mere theoretical possibility of this happening is being blocked with unbearable political, institutional and sensational campaigns, despite the fact that this is hurting the interests of hundreds of thousands of citizens."

Il Giornale - Italy | 13/03/2014

Renzi must fear for his reforms

Italy's new Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Wednesday announced tax relief amounting to billions of euros. Critics accuse him of having loudly peddled his reforms. It's not Renzi but the system that's to blame, journalist Alessandro Sallusti argues, defending the prime minister in the right-wing populist daily Il Giornale: "I don't question the good intentions of trader Renzi. When I hear words on the market like those the prime minister used to describe his products, such as 'fabulous', 'perfect' and 'historic', I take care not to be hoodwinked. ... But the problem is not with Renzi's rhetoric, but with the system that must implement the plans. I don't trust the Court of Auditors, which could block all the measures. I don't trust Europe either [which could launch deficit proceedings] and I don't trust the parliament [which is fragmented]. Above all I don't trust the government majority, in which a hundred snipers [opponents of Renzi within his own party] are lying in wait to topple their unwanted and unpopular prime minister."

Il Giornale - Italy | 03/10/2013

Patent conspiracy against Berlusconi

Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta won a clear victory in Wednesday's confidence vote in the two chambers of the Italian parliament after his opponent Silvio Berlusconi unexpectedly announced his support for the government shortly before the vote. But Berlusconi had no alternative, the right-wing populist Il Giornale laments, claiming that he is the victim of a plot: "The first phase of the conspiracy against Berlusconi has been successful. [Party leader] Alfano divided the party in the vote in order to save the government. ... Now we must wait and see whether the ailing party will stick together or the betrayal brings forth a new party, as rebels are demanding. The mere fact that the [left-liberal ruling] PD wants the latter, and President Giorgio Napolitano is even demanding it, is further proof that the real goal of the plot was not to save the government but to eliminate Berlusconi and his supporters."

Il Giornale - Italy | 30/09/2013

Berlusconi has the reins in his hand

Ex-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi claims to have taken the decision to withdraw the ministers of his PdL party from the government on his own. There had previously been talk in the party's more moderate wing that Berlusconi was being forced into extreme positions by hardliners within his own ranks. This is hardly plausible, writes chief editor Alessandro Sallusti in the right-wing populist daily Il Giornale, which has close ties to the ex-prime minister: "Berlusconi is not the kind of man that allows himself to be influenced. It would be ridiculous to believe the so-called hawks in the party have such power. ... Not wanting to be complicit to an outrageous tax hike has nothing to do with subversive intentions. Subversive in my opinion is the decision of [Prime Minister] Letta and the PD to raise taxes and violate the agreements of the government majority. And subversive is also [President] Napolitano's complicit silence on the continued violation of the rules of democracy."

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