Silvio Berlusconi announces that he will run for a fourth term as Prime Minister of Italy despite a conviction for tax fraud.
An Italian court orders former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to stand trial on April 4 on charges of allegedly bribing witnesses with €10 million (US$11 million) in order to silence them over accusations he paid for sex with young women.
Silvio Berlusconi resigns as Prime Minister of Italy to make way for an emergency government to address the country's economic crisis; thousands of Italians celebrate his departure in street demonstrations.
The Prime Minister of Italy Silvio Berlusconi narrowly survives (314 to 311) a no-confidence vote in the parliament moved by Gianfranco Fini. A formal complaint about Mr Berlusconi allegedly trying to buy votes is being investigated.