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Did Canavan’s mum sign him up for Italian citizenship so he could vote for Berlusconi?

Did Canavan’s mum sign him up for Italian citizenship so he could vote for Berlusconi?

The 2006 Italian election was a tight race, and the first in which Australian-Italians could have their say. Is that why Matt Canavan's mother signed him up?

Media briefs: job cuts ahoy … soccer scrutiny … Tinkler carded …

Media briefs: job cuts ahoy … soccer scrutiny … Tinkler carded …

The Wall Street Journal is slashing newsroom jobs. And other media tidbits of the day.

The bluff of Matteo: can the demolition man rebuild Italy?

The bluff of Matteo: can the demolition man rebuild Italy?

Italy has sworn in its youngest prime minister, and Mattew Renzi has big plans. But Rome reporter Josephine McKenna asks: can the former Wheel of Fortune winner now win over a disaffected nation?

Vladimir v Vladimir: meet the Italian transgender ex-MP who took on Putin

Vladimir v Vladimir: meet the Italian transgender ex-MP who took on Putin

An Italian gay rights activist went to Sochi -- and got thrown in jail. Crikey intern Luca Zuccaro profiles the former MP, who has had a colourful life -- and more than one brush with Russian homophobes.

Matteo Renzi, Italy’s next leader, a young man in a hurry

Matteo Renzi, Italy’s next leader, a young man in a hurry

Italy's new prime minister, until two months ago the 38-year-old mayor of Florence, is ambitious and models himself on Tony Blair. But he'll have huge challenges ahead of him as he tackles Italy's economic and electoral woes, and no parliamentary majority to aid his rule.

Berlusconi’s sex crime indicative of his ‘bunga bunga’ legacy

Berlusconi’s sex crime indicative of his ‘bunga bunga’ legacy

Founded guilty of sex with an underage prostitute, Silvio Berlusconi has moved closer to going to jail on a charge that almost by coincidence tells us a lot about his record, writes Charles Richardson.

Berlusconi’s shadow looms large over new Italian PM

Berlusconi’s shadow looms large over new Italian PM

Italy's new PM Enrico Letta owes his leadership to a deal forged with Silvio Berlusconi. With Il Cavaliere still lurking in the background, will anything really change? Rome-based freelancer Josephine McKenna reports.

Italy’s centre-left turns to Berlusconi in post-election brouhaha

Italy’s centre-left turns to Berlusconi in post-election brouhaha

For a party that won a majority in the lower house, Italy’s centre-left has done about as badly in the post-election bargaining as possible, writes Charles Richardson.

Comedian holds balance of power in Italy, but no one’s laughing

Comedian holds balance of power in Italy, but no one’s laughing

Eight million Italians used their votes to send a message to the major parties by voting for comedian Beppe Grillo. But no one expected he would win. Rome-based journalist Josephine McKenna asks Italians: what now?

Richard Farmer chunky bits

Richard Farmer chunky bits

Are tax policies really the most effective policy to increase retirement savings? Plus other political issues of the day.