Berlusconi toma a Itália de novo
A victory for threats, media muscle and patronage
The return to power of the Italian mogul who likened me to Lenin should alarm anyone who cares about democracy.
# Bill Emmott
# The Guardian,
# Wednesday April 16 2008
You have to admit the man has talent. Silvio Berlusconi’s triumph in Italy’s general election, to win a third spell as prime minister – at the age of 71 and less than two years after his defeated five-year government had left Italy as the slowest growing economy of western Europe – is quite remarkable. It is testimony to his resilience but also to a campaign full of jokes and provocations. His victory should, however, be deeply troubling for anyone who cares about democracy.