March 1, 2007 |
The quarrelsome allies of Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi rallied to his side late Wednesday, voting to restore him to office but laying bare ongoing challenges likely to undermine the new government. The ballot in the Senate, coming at the end of a day of debate and cajoling, ended -- for now -- a government crisis triggered when Prodi abruptly stepped down last week.
February 22, 2007 |
Stung by a bruising foreign policy defeat, beleaguered Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi resigned Wednesday, his center-left government collapsing after just nine months in power. Prodi failed to win parliamentary endorsement of his decision to maintain Italian troops in Afghanistan, a loss attributed in part to desertions by members of his coalition who oppose continued cooperation with the U.S. military in Italy and abroad. Chants of "Quit! Quit!"
April 20, 2006 |
One by one, the doors were shutting Wednesday on Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's campaign to resist defeat in national elections. Italy's highest court, ruling on a partial recount of ballots cast 10 days ago, confirmed that the center-left coalition led by economist Romano Prodi defeated Berlusconi's conservative alliance by a tiny margin. "The election is finally over," Prodi said during a news conference at his headquarters in Rome's historic center.
April 13, 2006 |
A confident Romano Prodi insisted that his center-left coalition's Italian election victory was on solid ground, even as Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi called the vote fraudulent and demanded a recount. But Berlusconi later appeared to back away from his allegation of fraud, releasing a statement late in the evening in which he said the very thin margin of victory "requires a scrupulous check to ascertain any possible error or irregularity."
April 11, 2006 |
Italian politician Romano Prodi claimed victory early today over his bitter rival Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in hard-fought elections that cemented deep divisions in this economically beleaguered nation. Berlusconi supporters immediately labeled Prodi's proclamation premature. It came even though Berlusconi's coalition was leading in one of the two races to control Parliament.
April 30, 2004 |
During his history-making and eyebrow-raising visit here this week, Libyan leader Col. Moammar Kadafi called Romano Prodi, the president of the European Commission, "my brother." But the bespectacled Italian professor who brought Kadafi to the capital of Europe couldn't be less like the Libyan dictator.