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April 2, 1991 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the multihued and endlessly convoluted universe of Italian politics, it is Umberto Bossi's self-assigned role to proclaim that the emperor has no clothes. Controversy naturally follows: Bossi is hailed as a visionary, and he is denounced as a demagogue. Political rebellion is brewing in the rich and sophisticated Italian north, and Bossi is at its core.
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September 22, 2009 | Maria De Cristofaro
The toll of the Afghan war was brought home to Italy in heartbreaking scenes Monday, as the country held a state funeral for six soldiers killed by a suicide bomber in Kabul last week. Schools and offices across the country observed a minute's silence. A huge crowd greeted the flag-draped caskets with applause at Rome's St. Paul's Basilica. And inside, the congregation stilled as 7-year-old Martin Fortunato slipped from his seat during the funeral to touch the coffin of his father, Capt.
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NEWS
May 1, 1994 | From Associated Press
Efforts to form a new government were thrown into turmoil Saturday after prosecutors asked for the indictments of a key ally of Prime Minister-designate Silvio Berlusconi and 36 others on kickback charges. The Berlusconi ally was Umberto Bossi, leader of the Northern League, part of the three-party conservative coalition that won national elections in March. Northern League members are under consideration for key Cabinet posts.
WORLD
May 24, 2008 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
For a man who was pronounced politically, and almost literally, dead just a few years ago, Umberto Bossi has made a remarkable comeback. The head of a small xenophobic political party, Bossi has emerged as Italy's kingmaker, the power player who was key in returning Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to office in recent elections and who will continue to call many of the shots.
WORLD
September 22, 2009 | Maria De Cristofaro
The toll of the Afghan war was brought home to Italy in heartbreaking scenes Monday, as the country held a state funeral for six soldiers killed by a suicide bomber in Kabul last week. Schools and offices across the country observed a minute's silence. A huge crowd greeted the flag-draped caskets with applause at Rome's St. Paul's Basilica. And inside, the congregation stilled as 7-year-old Martin Fortunato slipped from his seat during the funeral to touch the coffin of his father, Capt.
NEWS
October 1, 1993 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sen. Umberto Bossi is little-loved in Parliament and has no shortage of enemies who revile him as a loud-mouthed blusterer. But he has touched a nerve among voters in a country fed up with political party corruption and sapping Roman bureaucracy. Bossi, 52, often crude and always opinionated, is forcing the pace of overdue political change by threatening to unravel Italy. He demands national elections under new rules--the sooner the better.
NEWS
April 6, 1994 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The right-wing alliance that billionaire Silvio Berlusconi led to a landmark electoral victory splintered in acrimony Tuesday, jeopardizing the stability of any new government. Berlusconi angrily broke off negotiations to form a government alliance with Umberto Bossi of the federalist Northern League. Bossi has been insulting Berlusconi almost without pause in recent days. An autocrat, a potential demagogue, "Berlus-kaiser," snapped the obdurate Bossi on Tuesday.
WORLD
May 24, 2008 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
For a man who was pronounced politically, and almost literally, dead just a few years ago, Umberto Bossi has made a remarkable comeback. The head of a small xenophobic political party, Bossi has emerged as Italy's kingmaker, the power player who was key in returning Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to office in recent elections and who will continue to call many of the shots.
NEWS
May 24, 2001 | Reuters
Italian firebrand Umberto Bossi, the leader of the anti-foreigner, anti-European Northern League party and a partner in Italy's incoming center-right government, has received a 16-month suspended sentence for referring to the Italian flag as toilet paper. A judge in the northern province of Como convicted the 59-year-old politician of contempt Tuesday and sentenced him to 16 months in prison. The judge, however, suspended the term, which means that Bossi will not have to go to jail.
NEWS
July 31, 1994 | Reuters
Italian President Oscar Luigi Scalfaro and Umberto Bossi, a key partner in the governing coalition, have thrown cold water on Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's efforts to distance himself from his vast business holdings. Scalfaro said in a statement that while he appreciated Berlusconi's plan, constitutional restraints would probably prevent him from helping guarantee its success. He said he would wait to take a stand on Berlusconi's proposal until a panel of jurists issued its report.
NEWS
May 1, 1994 | From Associated Press
Efforts to form a new government were thrown into turmoil Saturday after prosecutors asked for the indictments of a key ally of Prime Minister-designate Silvio Berlusconi and 36 others on kickback charges. The Berlusconi ally was Umberto Bossi, leader of the Northern League, part of the three-party conservative coalition that won national elections in March. Northern League members are under consideration for key Cabinet posts.
NEWS
April 6, 1994 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The right-wing alliance that billionaire Silvio Berlusconi led to a landmark electoral victory splintered in acrimony Tuesday, jeopardizing the stability of any new government. Berlusconi angrily broke off negotiations to form a government alliance with Umberto Bossi of the federalist Northern League. Bossi has been insulting Berlusconi almost without pause in recent days. An autocrat, a potential demagogue, "Berlus-kaiser," snapped the obdurate Bossi on Tuesday.
NEWS
October 1, 1993 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sen. Umberto Bossi is little-loved in Parliament and has no shortage of enemies who revile him as a loud-mouthed blusterer. But he has touched a nerve among voters in a country fed up with political party corruption and sapping Roman bureaucracy. Bossi, 52, often crude and always opinionated, is forcing the pace of overdue political change by threatening to unravel Italy. He demands national elections under new rules--the sooner the better.
NEWS
April 2, 1991 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the multihued and endlessly convoluted universe of Italian politics, it is Umberto Bossi's self-assigned role to proclaim that the emperor has no clothes. Controversy naturally follows: Bossi is hailed as a visionary, and he is denounced as a demagogue. Political rebellion is brewing in the rich and sophisticated Italian north, and Bossi is at its core.
NEWS
October 28, 1995 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Former Italian Prime Ministers Bettino Craxi and Arnaldo Forlani were convicted in Milan of illegal party funding in what has been dubbed "the mother of all corruption trials." Socialist Craxi, who is living in self-imposed exile in Tunisia and says he is too ill to return, was sentenced to four years in jail. Forlani, a Christian Democrat, was given a 28-month jail sentence. Umberto Bossi, the leader of the Northern League party, received an eight-month suspended jail sentence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 2001 | From Associated Press
Gianfranco Miglio, considered the ideological founder of Italy's autonomy-minded Northern League party, has died. He was 83. Miglio died Friday at his home in Como of complications from a stroke he suffered last year. While presiding over the Catholic University of Milan's political science department for 30 years, Miglio became a staunch supporter of federalism for Italy.
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