Slowly, but ever so surely, Italy seems to be building up to the creation of a convenient amnesty for Silvio Berlusconi. On the pretext of resolving prison overcrowding issues, even Italy’s President Napolitano is exceptionally keen on Italy’s parliament cooking up a raft of amnesties and pardons. More than a few Italians, and a few […]
Despite the golden opportunity presented by the latest in a long line of scandals regarding Italy’s right wing Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s left has failed to depose Italy’s controversial leader. One reason for this is that it is uncertain as to who exactly runs Italy’s left of centre Democratic Party – the PD.
Generally, it is clear who captains which political parties in Italy, as you will discover from this nautically flavoured voyage into the world of Italian politics.
I’ll kick off with the battleship.
Unless you’ve been hiding under a stone for the last six months or so, you may well have heard about the latest scandal stroke pending legal trouble for Italy’s extravagant party loving lady’s man and prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.
Aside from legal charges which are about to be levelled at Berlusconi regarding abuse of power and aiding and abetting prostitution with minors, another charge is that Berlusconi’s antics have seriously damaged the perception of Italians and the image of Italy around the world.
There is, however, that fairly well known adage which goes, “any publicity is better than no publicity”, which you may have come across.
The Report documentary programme broadcast by the RAI 3 television channel is already unpopular with Italy’s government for shedding light on many of Italy’s dark sides. Last night, despite threats from Berlusconi’s lawyer who wanted to ban the programme, Report covered Silvio Berlusconi’s ownership of a luxury residential complex in offshore tax haven, Antigua. Report’s report raised a few questions.
While I may be right in claiming that the vast majority of Italians think mafia type organised crime is bad for Italy, there are other Italians, possibly in a minority, who don’t think criminal organisations like Italy’s various flavours of mafia are so bad, especially for their back accounts.
Berlusconi’s government looks as though it is in trouble, but it is probable that Silvio Berlusconi would like nothing more than to go to the country. If he does manage to push Italy towards general elections, he will win again, because Italy’s left know zero about marketing.
As you may be aware, the generally tumultus world of Italian politics is in turmoil. The Berlusconi government is teetering on the brink of collapse, but what is really surprising, is that this collapse was sparked from the inside.
From spat to full-blown split. Silvio Berlusconi’s marriage of political convenience to Gianfranco Fini has ended in tears. Scorned lover Berlusconi even rejected Fini’s last minute attempts to kiss and make up and remain part of Berlusconi’s party of love. End of love in. Period.
Coming back on the train from Genoa yesterday, I read our friend Cristina’s copy of Internazionale, an Italian news magazine which contains articles from major media sources from around the world that have been translated in to Italian.