Berlusconi denounced at huge Rome rally

ROME, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- A crowd estimated at up to 2 million jammed Rome's Circus Maximus Sunday to protest Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's policies, observers said.

Death stokes fears of Italy neo-Nazism

ROME, May 7 (UPI) -- Opposition leaders in Italy are warning that violent ultra-rightist groups may be on the rise, following an alleged killing by skinheads last weekend.
Berlusconi's wife: Divide Italy

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ROME, April 26 (UPI) -- Veronica Lario, wife of Silvio Berlusconi, the former and future Italian prime minister, recommends partitioning the country.

Analysis: Berlusconi back on top

BERLIN, April 17 (UPI) -- Italian premier-to-be Silvio Berlusconi has vowed to boost Italy's economy and fight crime, but he will also have to convince governments across Europe that he will be able to work with, rather than against them.
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Berlusconi returns to power in Italy

ROME, April 14 (UPI) -- Media mogul Silvio Berlusconi has swept back into power, winning a third term as Italy's prime minister, election results Monday showed.

Italians vote for new prime minister

ROME, April 13 (UPI) -- Italian voters headed to the polls Sunday, choosing between incumbent Silvio Berlusconi and former Rome Mayor Walter Veltroni as the next prime minister.

Italy: Berlusconi leads before elections

ROME, April 11 (UPI) -- Media mogul Silvio Berlusconi is more likely to become the next prime minister of Italy than Rome's former center-left mayor Walter Veltroni, analysts say.

Italy's prime minister retiring

ROME, March 11 (UPI) -- Italy's 86-year-old prime minister, Romano Prodi, says he is calling it quits after next month's parliamentary elections.

Polls show Berlusconi ahead

ROME, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Two polls released Tuesday give Silvio Berlusconi a good chance of winning another term as Italian prime minister.

Italian Prime Minister Prodi resigns

ROME, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi resigned Thursday after a Senate vote produced an expected defeat for his 20-month-old government.
Pope warns of 'urban decay'

Pope warns of 'urban decay'

VATICAN CITY, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Pope Benedict XVI, meeting with local officials from Rome in his role as the city's bishop, warned Thursday of rising poverty and "urban decay."

Rome to showcase artwork

ROME, April 19 (UPI) -- Rome has always had a lot to offer art lovers but will soon have a showcase setting of several museums to rival the Louvre in France.

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Rome trash statues a hit with public

ROME, March 28 (UPI) -- "The Trash People," 1,000 statues made from recycled garbage in Rome, have attracted more than 1 million onlookers since going on display last week.

Rome's mayor has 4 movies in the works

ROME, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- Four books written by the movie-buff mayor of Rome are being adapted for the silver screen, it was reported Monday.
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Walter Veltroni
Former French presidential candidate Segolene Royal (L) meets Rome Mayor Walter Veltroni on the red carpet at the Rome Film Festival in Rome on October 19, 2007. (UPI Photo/David Silpa)

Walter Veltroni (born 3 July 1955) is an Italian writer, journalist and politician, who served as the first leader of the Democratic Party within the centre-left opposition, until his resignation on February 17, 2009. He also served as Mayor of Rome from 2001 to 2008.

Walter Veltroni was born in Rome. His father, Vittorio Veltroni, an eminent RAI manager in the 1950s, died only one year later. His mother, Ivanka Kotnik, was the daughter of Ciril Kotnik, the Slovenian ambassador of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia at the Holy See who helped numerous Jews and antifascists to escape Nazi persecution after 1943.

Veltroni joined the Federazione Giovanile Comunista Italiana (Italian Youth Communist Federation) at the age of 15, and was elected Rome city councilor in 1976 as member of the Italian Communist Party, serving until 1981. He was then elected to the Italian Chamber of Deputies in 1987. As a member of the Italian Communist Party's national secretariat in 1988, he played a leading role in the transformation into a social democratic party.

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