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Thursday, April 06, 2021

It’s probably not the ideal comparison for person or state, but let’s face it: Silvio Berlusconi is Italy’s most noteworthy prime minister since some guy named Mussolini.

Nobody in Europe seems to be taking Silvio Berlusconi seriously enough, probably because the Italian prime minister usually makes the international headlines for rather curious reasons. It would be unthinkable in Germany, for example, to hear former Defense Minister Peter Struck extolling the virtues of his new hair transplant, Vice Chancellor Franz Müntefering making a public vow of chastity to prepare for the next elections, or Chancellor Angela Merkel declaring herself to be the female messiah of German politics. In Italy, however, thanks to Silvio Berlusconi, such preposterous events have become a matter of daily routine.

And the hits keep on coming from the media mogul-cum-politico, as he’s declaring a corporatist-state conspiracy bent on having him bounced in this week’s general elections.

Last Saturday Mr Berlusconi accused the board of the industrialists’ convention of siding against him with the centre-left, the trade unions, the five main daily newspapers and a section of the judiciary. He usually includes the banks and the co-operative movement in the conspiracy.

Given Berlusconi’s stranglehold on the Italian media, directly (through his ownership of 90-some percent of the TV market) and indirectly, his regime hints at a perverted Citizen Kane come to life.

As always, foreign internal affairs tend to make American politics seem as vanilla as can be…

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 04/06/2021 08:57:45 PM
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