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2006-04-07 07:50:31

By Silvia Aloisi ROME (Reuters) - Italian politicians on Friday campaigned for the last day before a parliamentary election on April 9-10 with Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, lagging in the polls, battling to stave off defeat. Berlusconi, who has appeared angry and defensive in recent days as the campaign grew more acrimonious, started the day with two radio interviews where he called on Italians to vote en masse because a low turnout could favor the opposition. "My first appeal...

2006-04-07 07:19:07

By Silvia Aloisi ROME (Reuters) - Italian politicians on Friday campaigned for the last day before a parliamentary election on April 9-10 with Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, lagging in the polls, battling to stave off defeat. Berlusconi, who has appeared angry and defensive in recent days as the campaign grew more acrimonious, started the day with two radio interviews where he called on Italians to vote en masse because a low turnout could favor the opposition. "My first appeal...

2006-04-07 04:01:26

By Gavin Jones ROME (Reuters) - Italian politicians began a last day of campaigning on Friday before the April 9-10 general election, with Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, lagging in the polls for more than two years, battling to stave off defeat. Berlusconi, who has appeared angry and defensive in recent days as the campaign grew ever more acrimonious, started the day with two radio interviews where he called on Italians to vote en masse because a lower turnout could favor the...

2006-02-02 13:48:16

ROME (Reuters) - An Italian government minister threatened to resign on Thursday in a move that could bring down Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's government ahead of April elections that opinion polls indicate he could lose. A government collapse would be an embarrassment for Berlusconi, who is trailing opposition leader Romano Prodi in polls, and could further dent his chances of re-election. But it would have little impact on day-to-day governance as parliament is due to be...

2005-10-15 05:09:59

ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's chief critic in the center-right coalition resigned as party leader on Saturday after his attempt to unseat Berlusconi was shunned by the rest of his party. "A new season is beginning and there are no men for every season. This is my opinion, and this opinion has an inevitable consequence: my resignation as party secretary," Marco Follini told members of his Union of Christian Democrats (UDC). Follini's resignation removes...

2005-09-24 15:58:27

By Phil Stewart ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's strongest potential rival to lead the ruling center right into elections next year said on Saturday he was not going to enter any leadership race. Deputy Prime Minister Gianfranco Fini, also Italy's foreign minister, quashed speculation that he would run against Berlusconi if there was a primary vote in the fractious House of Freedoms coalition. The centre-right is considering some sort of primary after...

2005-09-23 05:55:15

By Nelson Graves ROME (Reuters) - Italy's central bank governor on Friday spurned a demand from Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to quit over a takeover scandal, posing a fresh challenge to his authority after the abrupt resignation of his economy minister. Bank of Italy Governor Antonio Fazio is in Washington for meetings of the Group of Seven and the International Monetary Fund, defying Berlusconi's call for the central banker to step down to save the country's international...

2005-09-22 22:03:25

By Nelson Graves ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was confronted with challenges to his authority on Friday after a coalition partner spurned his leadership and the central bank governor appeared to ignore a call to quit. Berlusconi, facing national elections next year that opinion polls show he would lose, was forced to name a new economy minister on Thursday after Domenico Siniscalco quit in rows over the 2006 budget and Bank of Italy Governor Antonio...

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...

2005-09-22 12:33:04

ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on Thursday put his leadership of the centre-right coalition in question ahead of general elections due next year, saying he was willing to discuss his position with allies. Berlusconi has previously shrugged off suggestions from some coalition partners that he should step aside in the vote, which is due by May 2006. However, following a day of high drama in which he was forced to name a new economy minister, Berlusconi told a...


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glogg
  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).
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