Dec 10, 2012

‘The only thing that can save us from Berlusconi is his death’

Former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has ended months of speculation and dramatically declared a return to Italian politics. So what's 'Il Cavaliere' up to, asks Josephine McKenna.

A journalist I know loves to complain nothing ever happens in Italy. Perhaps it’s the locals enjoying their evening passeggiata at a snail’s pace, while the overwhelming economic paralysis drives the next generation away. But if you are looking for political drama Rome could give the West End a run for its money.

When Prime Minister Mario Monti on Saturday announced his intention to resign after the passage of key budget legislation before the end of the year, he not only shocked the nation, he unleashed a political crisis that could derail the financial markets and even destabilise the European Union. National elections previously planned for March are now expected to be held a month earlier in February, after Parliament is dissolved.

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One thought on “‘The only thing that can save us from Berlusconi is his death’

  1. zut alors

    ‘Professor Walston described Berlusconi’s latest revival as Sunset Boulevard on the Tiber…’

    Hilarious, a perfect summation.

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