Paolo Savona talks on a phone at the Ambrosetti economic workshop on competition in the financial markets at Cernobbio, Lake Como, Italy, Friday, March 10, 2000. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Italy Faces Showdown Over Populist Candidate for Finance Minister

Having confirmed the techno-populist prime minister Giuseppe Conte, Italian president Sergio Mattarella is now seeking to impede the nomination of Eurosceptic Paolo Savona as finance minister, who could become the linchpin of the populist plan for Italy’s economic reboot.

Former Prime Minister and president of Italian right-wing party Forza Italia, Silvio Berlusconi, speaks during a convention of his party on October 14, 2017 at Ischia. / AFP PHOTO / Eliano IMPERATO (Photo credit should read ELIANO IMPERATO/AFP/Getty Images)

Italy Lifts Ban on Silvio Berlusconi Holding Political Office

A Milan court has rehabilitated media magnate and former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, releasing him from his “lifetime ban” on holding public office and paving the way for a possible return to active politics.