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Is This Goodbye?


The latest news out of Italy is that Silvio Berlusconi has been shown out the Senate door after he failed to rally his party to leave Enrico Letta’s coalition government. It’s not a final verdict, but the full Senate is unlikely to overturn the ruling of the special committee that ruled that he should go. WRM, who is currently in Italy, sends word that Italians are taking Berlusconi’s fall with equanimity, seasoned with some mild gloating that their government, for a change, is more productive than that of the US and more stable than the one in Germany.

Convicted for tax fraud, Berlusconi is facing a choice between serving a one year sentence under house arrest or doing some amount of community service. He also faces a ban from politics; an appeals court will set the term from one to three years on October 19.

So is this really the end of Silvio’s political career? It’s hard to tell. After all, this is Berlusconi we’re talking about, the politician who has been presumed dead by pundits more times than Rasputin. Best to leave the question open and check back in 2016 at the latest.

[Updated for clarity.]

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  • Andrew Allison

    Shown the door! Shown out means something quite different.

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