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November 27, 2013
16:46 // 10 months ago
August 1, 2013
16:23 // 1 year ago
June 24, 2013
He’s Guilty: On Monday, former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi was found guilty of paying for sex with a minor and then using his position to try and cover-up his crime. Berlusconi has been sentenced to seven years behind bars, along with a lifetime ban from Italian politics, but will be allowed to exhaust all of his appeal options before serving his sentence. His lawyers have already announced plans for the first appeal, calling Monday’s verdict “completely illogical.” (Photo via Colombo Telegraph) source

He’s Guilty: On Monday, former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi was found guilty of paying for sex with a minor and then using his position to try and cover-up his crime. Berlusconi has been sentenced to seven years behind bars, along with a lifetime ban from Italian politics, but will be allowed to exhaust all of his appeal options before serving his sentence. His lawyers have already announced plans for the first appeal, calling Monday’s verdict “completely illogical.” (Photo via Colombo Telegraphsource

13:28 // 1 year ago
December 29, 2012
The traditional left-right split has historic and symbolic value… [but] it does not highlight the real alliance that Italy needs — one that focuses on Europe and reforms.
Mario Monti, former Italian Prime Minister • Announcing his intention to run in the upcoming election for his old job, which he resigned from last week, and which has recently become a prize sought by Monti’s politically disgraced predecessor, Silvio Berlusconi. Monti, ushered in in 2011 to impose some unpopular austerity measures during the Italian debt crisis, is expected to lead a coalition of centrists against Berlusconi, the sex-scandalized former right-wing PM and media magnate. source
15:36 // 1 year ago
December 8, 2012
I return to politics with despair and out of a sense of responsibility. I enter the race to win.
The once (and future?) Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi • Revealing what many observers had suspected over recent months — he is, contrary to his initial insistences, eying a run to get his old job back. Berlusconi resigned in November 2011, following a scandal-plagued few years — remember Ruby the Heart Stealer, anyone? In October, he was sentenced for tax evasion by an Italian court, but due to the statute of limitations against the length of the charges (dating back to 2006), Berlusconi may well get off without serving a day of the four-year prison sentence he received. But dodging that, and becoming PM again? He’s banking on next year being “the year of Silvio Berlusconi,” and we’re enrapt as to whether he’s right. source
12:26 // 1 year ago
October 27, 2012
I feel obliged to stay in the field to reform the justice system so that what happened to me does not happen to other citizens.
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi • Regarding his decision to stay in politics despite the fact he is facing a four-year jail sentence on tax fraud charges related to his media empire. True to form, Berlusconi made the comments on one of his company’s media outlets, Channel Five television. He has wavered repeatedly regarding what he would do politically in recent months, with some speculating he might attempt to run for higher office in the future.
12:29 // 1 year ago
July 13, 2012
Back for more? Word is that Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian Prime Minister who left office amid heavy scandal might get a second wind, in the wake of a strong, hugely-unpopular austerity program that took hold after he left office eight months ago. His allies are hoping he’ll run for office again, though he hasn’t shown his hand quite yet. (Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images)

Back for more? Word is that Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian Prime Minister who left office amid heavy scandal might get a second wind, in the wake of a strong, hugely-unpopular austerity program that took hold after he left office eight months ago. His allies are hoping he’ll run for office again, though he hasn’t shown his hand quite yet. (Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images)

16:20 // 2 years ago
May 25, 2012

reuters:

One of the young women who attended Silvio Berlusconi’s “bunga bunga” parties told a court on Friday that she dressed up as a burlesque version of U.S. President Barack Obama to entertain the former Italian prime minister.

In testimony during a trial against the 75-year-old Berlusconi on charges of paying for sex with an underage prostitute, Marysthell Polanco said she had also dressed as prosecutor Ilda Boccassini.

“I dressed up as Boccassini with a toga to make him laugh, and also as Obama,” Polanco told the court.

READ MORE: Berlusconi party girl says she dressed up as Obama

Whoa. Berlusconi was into some weird stuff.

(via reuterspolitics)

11:08 // 2 years ago
February 25, 2012
9:42 // 2 years ago
November 16, 2011
Italy replaces Berlusconi with a technocrat: Mario Monti, an economist, just took power, and did it with a bunch of people who most assuredly aren’t politicians. Why? Well, Monti isn’t concerned about winning an election. He’s there to fix the country. And because he has such a specific role, he can do things people don’t like to solve the problem. Will this put them on the right track? Too soon to tell.

Italy replaces Berlusconi with a technocrat: Mario Monti, an economist, just took power, and did it with a bunch of people who most assuredly aren’t politicians. Why? Well, Monti isn’t concerned about winning an election. He’s there to fix the country. And because he has such a specific role, he can do things people don’t like to solve the problem. Will this put them on the right track? Too soon to tell.

11:38 // 2 years ago