Is this the end for Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi? Having already asked that question approximately 7000 times in the last two-and-a-half years, I am not prepared to say anything definitive, but it's not looking good. For Silvio, I mean.
"WITH his ratings at record lows, scandal-hit Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi today quipped his party should change its name to 'Go Pussy!' in the latest gaffe likely to incense swathes of voters."
"Silvio Berlusconi was at the centre of fresh controversy tonight after claims emerged he had insulted Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel. The Italian prime minister, 74, is accused of making a disgusting comment about her during a telephone conversation with a newspaper editor. The alleged remarks – too vulgar to repeat but referred to sex and Mrs Merkel's physique – were picked up by investigators probing a £660,000 blackmail plot against Mr Berlusconi."
"Silvio Berlusconi may be 74 but he is as robust as a 60 year old and is capable of having sexual intercourse up to five times a day, his personal doctor has said."
"There is something which is not going in the right direction for a democracy to have government leaders humiliated by having to spend hours in court while these important international events are taking place." —Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, attending one of his four current trials, characterizes the charges as "pure invention."
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has suggested that he will retire from public office at the end of his term in 2013. Berlusconi made the comments at a private dinner the night before the Italian parliament was expected to pass legislation to speed up the pace of trials in that country, which would coincidentally put an end to several of the trials in which the Prime Minister is personally involved. The legislation will also have the effect of making it unlikely that "any action will now be taken against builders, officials and property developers suspected of responsibility for deaths in the 2009 L'Aquila earthquake. More than 300 people [...]
It's Silvio Berlusconi's greatest comedy hits. The article omits a lot of his "ladies from the opposition are so ugly" bits, but there's enough here to give you a general sense of his material.
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's latest album was supposed to drop in September, but has been delayed "out of deference to the political and economic crisis engulfing Italy." There"s no word on when the record, titled Silvio Berlusconi Does Sex To Your Ears, will see a release. Unlike Silvio, who is probably seeing one right now. (Kidding! The record is really called Ho lasciato i soldi sul comò, or True Love.)
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi turns 75 today. He's going to celebrate with 5 15-year-olds.
"PLAYBOY Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi was given sexy lapdances by women dressed as NUNS at his infamous 'bunga bunga' parties, it is claimed."
Is this the end of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi? "Today saw the results of four referendum votes in Italy to repeal Berlusconi-era legislation on nuclear power, water privatisation and trial immunity for government ministers. The last of these has been fundamental in allowing the semi-despotic prime minister to continue his rule free of the tiresome hassle of legal action on charges of corruption and sexual harassment. This referendum has finally given Italian voters the opportunity to bring the charade to an end, with a resounding 95 per cent of voters coming down against the government's policies." Berlusconi has been written off plenty of times before, and is [...]
"Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi showed that standing trial for sex offences with a teenage prostitute had not affected his bawdy sense of humour, by telling a political rally of 1,000 women: ‘What a disaster that I’m not with you.’"
The Italian Prime Minister is apparently just a modern-day Gladstone: "Silvio Berlusconi has claimed that he gave £53,000 to the girl he is accused of having underage sex with – to stop her from becoming a prostitute." Makes sense. If anyone knows that the market is glutted, it would be that guy.
"Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has said he will step down after the next budget is approved by Parliament, a statement from the president's office said Tuesday, marking a painful end to his long dominance of Italian politics." OR IS IT?
"When one of my guests said 'Are we going to have some bunga bunga after dinner?' they were just talking about dancing. I never took part because I have vowed never to dance. I have not smoked since I managed to save my first business adventure from an inglorious ending and I don't gamble since I risked making a fool of myself with a professional card player and I don't dance since I promised a friend who was dying, that if they lived I would not dance again." —Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who insists that he would never allow sacrilegious behovior in his home, explains that "bunga bunga" [...]
"Every Italian feels he or she stands alone against the world, or at least the neighbors. Survival—personal, family, social and economic—is a source of pride and a test of ingenuity. Much has been written about Italians' individualism and resourcefulness, and Mr. Berlusconi embodies these qualities. First he amassed his fortune, earning his spurs as a self-made man. Next, he built on Italians' distrust of everything shared, our intolerance of rules and the inner satisfaction that we take in finding private solutions to collective problems. In Italy, there is no real public pressure for a new, fairer tax system. People simply figure out ways to evade the one they already have." [...]
You cannot keep the Italian prime minister down: "Despite the Italian economy being on the rocks prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has reportedly held another controversial bunga bunga party this week."
Close readers of this site will not find anything particularly new in this profile of Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, but it is written by Ariel Levy, who is always a pleasure to read, so it is definitely worth your time. Enjoy! Meanwhile, back in Italy…
"'Look I am getting old. This morning I was chasing my secretary to do her on the table and she said: 'Prime Minister we only did it two hours ago.' So you see my memory is going." —Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, currently facing charges of paying an underage prostitute for sex, is not going to let some silly scandal keep him from yukking it up. The man was born to entertain.