Berlusconi’s Back

Silvio Berlusconi is back, and by the looks of his solid majority, he might even have the makings of a stable government, although in Italy that’s never a safe bet. I find that following Italian politics takes too steep a learning curve for the cost to benefits analysis to pay off, but outside of the community of Italian-based foreign correspondents (who’ve got some colorful coverage to look forward to) and an inner circle of industrial barons, it’s hard to see who in Italy this benefits. EU summits just got a bit more interesting, though, since the only person on Earth who’s got a greater innate ability to generate headlines than Nicolas Sarkozy is Silvio Berlusconi.

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