Berlusconi's Nine Lives: Running Out?
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  • Jack

    Over the centuries, Italians have arguably made a larger number of important contributions to Western civilization than any other people on earth.

    Under the circumstances, it’s rather sad that Italians today (with Berlusconi a prime exemplar) have adopted a radical live-for- today attitude, with little or no regard for the serious long-term problems that Italy faces.

  • Corlyss

    The Eurozone’s problem in a nutshell: you can’t reform a system you think is the “perfect.” From their POV, the system just needs more money. But it’s perfect as it is. It doles out the money on command just like they designed it. How can you reform it?

  • Marty

    “The great tragedy of the Berlusconi years is that while the prime minister was better at getting and holding power than anyone else in the last sixty years of Italian politics, Berlusconi never used it for much beyond securing his private interests”: the Bill Clinton of Italian politics–right down to the inability to keep his zipper up.

  • Marty

    “The great tragedy of the Berlusconi years is that while the prime minister was better at getting and holding power than anyone else in the last sixty years of Italian politics, Berlusconi never used it for much beyond securing his private interests”: the Bill Clinton of Italian politics–right down to his inability to keep his zipper up.

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