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2005-12-20 15:19:25

By Paolo Biondi ROME (Reuters) - Italy's government is close to agreement on a new Bank of Italy governor, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Tuesday, a day after Antonio Fazio resigned the post amid allegations of malpractice in a takeover scandal. Berlusconi's cabinet had threatened to oust Fazio, who had become an embarrassment to Italy as it emerged he was under investigation for abuse of office and insider trading in his role as supreme arbiter of bank takeovers. "I think...

2005-12-19 14:23:55

By Crispian Balmer ROME (Reuters) - Bank of Italy Governor Antonio Fazio resigned on Monday, finally succumbing to months of intense pressure over allegations of ill practice in a bank takeover scandal that has tarnished Italy's international image. Italian politicians and business leaders heaved a collective sigh of relief at the news, which came just as the government was preparing legislation aimed at forcing Fazio from office. The Bank of Italy said Fazio's resignation would be...

2005-12-19 12:38:29

ROME (Reuters) - Bank of Italy Governor Antonio Fazio resigned on Monday, succumbing to months of intense pressure after he was mired in a bank takeover scandal that has bruised Italy's international image. The Bank of Italy said in a statement Fazio had decided to stand down in an effort to help the central bank and Italy itself to emerge from the turmoil. "The decision, made autonomously with a clear conscience, was taken to restore calm, in the greater interest of the country and...

2005-10-10 09:13:07

By Valentina Consiglio and Rachel Sanderson ROME (Reuters) - Bank of Italy Governor Antonio Fazio was questioned for five hours on Monday by magistrates investigating a bank takeover scandal that has prompted calls for his resignation and tainted Italy's image. Fazio's court appearance took the affair to a new level, putting it in the hands of the judiciary after Italy's politicians appeared to have lost interest because of their inability to oust him. Communications Minister Mario...

2005-10-10 08:22:05

By Valentina Consiglio ROME (Reuters) - Bank of Italy Governor Antonio Fazio was questioned on Monday by magistrates investigating a bank takeover scandal that has prompted calls for his resignation and tainted Italy's image. Fazio's court appearance has taken the affair to a new level, putting it in the hands of the judiciary after Italy's politicians appeared to have lost interest because of their inability to oust him. Communications Minister Mario Landolfi reiterated on Monday...

2005-10-10 07:03:29

By Valentina Consiglio ROME (Reuters) - Bank of Italy Governor Antonio Fazio, under pressure to resign over a bank takeover battle, on Monday faced questions from magistrates investigating him for abuse of office. Fazio's arrival in court was the latest chapter in a three-month-long saga that many politicians and business leaders say has tarnished Italy's image. The court appearance has taken the Fazio affair to a new level because the magistrates' decision on whether they believe...

2005-10-09 20:18:37

By Crispian Balmer ROME (Reuters) - Bank of Italy Governor Antonio Fazio will be questioned on Monday by magistrates investigating him for abuse of office in a bank takeover battle, a legal source said. Fazio was placed under official investigation in August over accusations that he was unfairly biased in favor of an Italian bank that was bidding against a Dutch competitor for control of domestic lender Antonveneta. Fazio has denied any wrongdoing and resisted calls from across the...

2005-09-22 17:56:54

By Nelson Graves ROME (Reuters) - Italy faces twin crises on Friday after Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi called on the central bank governor to quit and a coalition partner spurned his leadership ahead of elections the government looked set to lose. In a day of political upheaval, Berlusconi on Thursday was forced to name a new economy minister after Domenico Siniscalco abruptly quit in a row over the budget and a defiant Bank of Italy Governor Antonio Fazio. The prime minister...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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