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Ear to the Ground

Berlusconi Wants More

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Posted on Apr 11, 2008
Berlusconi With Hands
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The always confident Silvio Berlusconi, who two years ago was prime minister of Italy, speaks to a crowd in Palermo as he campaigned on a disturbingly right-wing platform.

Silvio Berlusconi, billionaire, media mogul and former prime minister of Italy, is calling for voters to give him a substantial majority of parliament seats as he vies a third time for the country’s most powerful office. The elections, to be held Sunday and Monday, will decide whether the country is led by a center-left coalition or Berlusconi’s right-wing “Freedom Folks.”


The Guardian:

Silvio Berlusconi yesterday appealed to Italian voters to give him a huge majority at the general election on Sunday and Monday.

He said that “to really govern” he needed a margin of at least 20 seats in the senate, the upper house of the Italian parliament. That would allow him “to take, if necessary, difficult and unpopular decisions”.

Polls have indicated that the 71-year-old media mogul is on the brink of a remarkable comeback, two years after being edged from power. But, because of a ban on polling in the final fortnight of the campaign, the most recent soundings—showing Berlusconi leading by 5% to 9%—date from the end of March. They also suggested that a third of voters had yet to make up their minds.

Though Berlusconi told La Stampa newspaper he was confident his right-wing Freedom Folk would secure the necessary majority in parliament, his rivals pounced on his appeal as evidence he was uncertain of victory. A narrow majority could also leave him a political hostage to the whims of the anti-immigrant Northern League, with which his party is allied.

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By jimmyjam, April 12, 2008 at 2:30 pm Link to this comment

The far left liberal here think that every government except ours is the Utopian paradise, because liberals know all.

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By weather, April 11, 2008 at 12:43 pm Link to this comment
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While American’s laughed at the seemingly constant change of goverments Italy goes through - Italy remains the ‘purest’ form of democracy as evidenced through vote of confidence.

The fact that Berlusconi breathes air in Rome today speaks to a far greater problem:Sarkozy/Merkel and the mechanics of voter tabulation - the art and science of deceit made its systemic appearance w/Bush’s theft from Gore.

These post 9/11 fiqures placed on the board like chess pieces and those who mastered the vote scam to place them there live behind a Wall in a blackbox marked ‘damaged goods’.

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By Thomas Billis, April 11, 2008 at 12:32 pm Link to this comment

Italy is democracy in action.The goal in Italy is that every living Italian will eventually serve as Prime Minister.I think this is the the one millionth government since ww2.By the way I think that Italians were the first users of hand signals.I do not know this historically but growing up in New York the Italian hand signals are the first I learned.

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By Aegrus, April 11, 2008 at 12:04 pm Link to this comment

Giving the way many of the migrants in Italy are being marginalized and the general machismo of Berlusconi, there is a chance his desires will come to fruition. Migrants are forced out of Italy quite often in addition to being held in detention centers. The real question is, has enough time passed between the centre-left succession to allow the Right the ability to gain political momentum?

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By TDoff, April 11, 2008 at 11:56 am Link to this comment

Is it true that Berlusconi made his fortune peddling nude pictures of Sarkozy’s new bride on the internet?

Ah, the intrigues of NATO.

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