The G-8 in l’Aquila: Farce or Success?

The Italians can be remarkably thin-skinned when it comes to foreign coverage of their country and leaders. Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been battling the international media for years. Most recently, he accused the London Times of attempted character assassination with its stories about his alleged gallivanting with young girls. But it goes further back than Berlusconi. In the late 1970s, the Red Brigades terrorized the country, corruption was widespread, and questions were raised whether Italy was indeed governable. The Economist magazine published a story with the cover headline, “Italy in Agony.” Italians were enraged: they read it as Italy […]

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