Giorgio Napolitano

  • Italy criticises India's handling of marines case February 1, 2014

    Rome: Italy has criticised India's handling of the case of two of its marines accused of killing two Indian fisherman as "contradictory" and "disconcerting" ahead of a hearing of the case in India's Supreme Court. Italian President Giorgio Napolitano said in a statement that the case had been managed in "contradictory,...
  • Italian President hits out at India over delay in marines trial December 23, 2013

    Rome: Italian President Giorgio Napolitano hit out at India over delayed trial in the Kerala fishermen killing case. He said the trial has run into new difficulties and could be delayed because of the upcoming 2014 Lok Sabha elections. "Sometimes it seems that we are the only nation where elections...
  • Marines' trial in India hits new snag: Italian Prez Napolitano December 22, 2013

    Rome: Italian President Giorgio Napolitano has said the trial of two marines in India over the killing of two Indian fishermen has run into new "difficulty" because of upcoming general elections in that country. "Sometimes it seems that we are the only nation where elections can create problems. (But) they also...
  • Italy working for early return of two marines facing trial in India, assures Napolitano November 5, 2013

    Italy is working ceaselessly for the early return of two Italian marines facing trial in India for murdering two fishermen, President Giorgio Napolitano said on Monday. "We do not cease to work tenaciously to bring them home," Napolitano said after his speech on National Unity and Armed Forces Day. The case triggered...
  • Silvio Berlusconi ministers resign; Italy govt in crisis September 29, 2013

    Milan: Italy's fragile coalition government was pushed into a fullfledged crisis on Saturday after five ministers from former Premier Silvio Berlusconi's political party announced their resignations. The move drew the ire of Premier Enrico Letta, who accused Berlusconi of a "crazy" gesture aimed at covering up his personal affairs. The fivemonthold government...
  • Italy president names Enrico Letta to form new govt April 24, 2013

    Rome: Italian politician Enrico Letta received a mandate to form a new government from President Giorgio Napolitano, an official at the Quirinale Palace announced on Wednesday. Letta, the nephew of former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's longtime chief of staff Gianni Letta and deputy leader of the Democratic Party, is considered a...
  • Italy: Giorgio Napolitano reelected as president April 21, 2013

    Rome: Italy's Parliament reelected Giorgio Napolitano to an unprecedented second term as president, after party leaders persuaded the 87yearold to serve again in hopes of easing the hostility that has thwarted formation of a new government. Napolitano easily surpassed the simple majority required to be elected on Saturday afternoon. He...
  • Queen Elizabeth in hospital with stomach bug March 3, 2013

    London: Britain's Queen Elizabeth went into hospital in London on Sunday with symptoms of gastroenteritis, a Buckingham Palace spokesman said on Sunday. All the monarch's engagements for the coming week, including a trip to Italy, have been cancelled or postponed as a precaution, the spokesman said. The queen had been due to...
  • Will probably not contest elections, says Italy PM Monti December 23, 2012

    Rome: Italian caretaker Prime Minister Mario Monti indicated in a newspaper interview published on Sunday that he would probably not stand in a February election but would try to convince the winner to complete the reforms his government has begun. Monti, who is expected to end weeks of speculation about...
  • Berlusconi quits, Monti said to be next Italy PM November 13, 2011

    Rome: Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi has resigned after parliament's lower chamber passed European-demanded reforms, ending a 17-year political era and setting in motion a transition aimed at bringing the country back from the brink of economic crisis. A chorus of Handel's "Alleluia," performed by a few dozen singers and classical musicians,...
  • Italy's Senate to vote for cuts to save euro zone November 11, 2011

    Rome: Italy's Senate was set to vote on Friday for austerity measures demanded by the European Union to avert a euro zone meltdown and a new emergency government is expected within days, ending the Berlusconi era. The upper house is due to begin debating at 0930 GMT on the package with...
  • Italy Prez names Mario Monti senator for life November 10, 2011

    Rome: Italian President Giorgio Napolitano said on Wednesday he had nominated former European Commissioner Mario Monti as a senator for life, a position awarded to distinguished Italians for their contributions to the country. Monti, an experienced economist who is currently the president of Milan's Bocconi university, has been mentioned in Italian...
  • Berlusconi confirms he won't run in next election November 9, 2011

    Rome: Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi on Wednesday confirmed he won't run again for office and said his hand-picked successor Angelino Alfano will be his party's candidate when Italy holds new elections. Berlusconi on Tuesday promised to resign after a routine vote in parliament showed he no longer had a majority. He said...