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Berlusconi listens during a debate at the Senate on December 13, 2010 in Rome, Italy.Italy’s prime minister Mario Monti is resigningAfter Mr Monti took seat last year, he pulled Italy back from a financial meltdownOn Saturday, Silvio Berlusconi announced that he will run as prime minister againMr Berlusconi was convicted for tax fraud in October(Financial Times) — Normal service is resuming. After a year of relative stability and regained market confidence, Italy is plunging back into political turmoil with the familiar sight of Silvio Berlusconi gearing up for yet another electoral campaign — his sixth in 19 years — against […]

For investors trying to play the election game, the rules just got a lot more blurry. With less than two weeks before voters head to the polls, President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are neck and neck, making it hard for investors to make their portfolio plays based on who will occupy the White House for the next four years. Historically, Wall Street rises leading up to an election, according to Sam Stovall, chief equity strategist at S&P Capital IQ. He said that the economy, stock prices and corporate earnings post stronger growth during Democratic administrations compared with […]

PARIS/FRANKFURT Talks over a European supermerger between EADS and BAE Systems reached a political crunch point on Friday as Britain, France and Germany attempted to narrow differences on a $ 45 billion proposal to create the world’s largest aerospace and arms group. Europe’s two largest aerospace groups headed into the weekend with the fate of their planned merger hinging on a high-level accord over state shareholdings in the group. Time is running out before a UK deadline of October 10 for a deal. EADS and BAE denied a report by Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine that the talks had collapsed. “We […]

The French and German governments each effectively control 22.5 per cent of EADSBAE insists that the combined entity’s defence business would have to be based in the UKThe French and German governments each effectively control 22.5 per cent of EADSPeople close to BAE said it would give up on the deal if it is not a commercial company(Financial Times) — BAE Systems has insisted it will walk away from talks with EADS unless the combined European champion in aerospace and defence was allowed to operate as a normal company without political interference.BAE is also insisting that the combined entity’s defence […]

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