BERLUSCONI IS BACK TO BANG HEADS TOGETHER
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Italy has been without a government since an inconclusive election in March after the triumphant populist parties secured an absolute majority in the parliament.
However, unwillingness to work together to mutual advantage remains the curse of ethnic-European politics. The popular Five Star Movement and patriotic League have been struggling in vain to form a coalition government. Their failure to do so prompted Italy’s exasperated President Sergio Mattarella to give them until Sunday to resolve their differences after warning there could be a snap election.
Every movement, every nation needs a powerful competent leader who can bang heads together; Berlusconi could be that man after a court in Italy ruled Saturday to lift a ban on former Prime Minister holding public office after he was sentenced in 2013 to a four-year prison term for tax fraud, local media said.
The Corriere della Sera newspaper reported that the Milan court had overturned a previous decision by Italy’s Supreme Court banning the 81-year old politician from running for office for six years.
The newspaper previously mentioned that the ex-prime minister submitted a relevant appeal to the court last March, adding that Berlusconi reportedly planned to overturn the ban in the European Court of Human Rights.
Back in 2013, Berlusconi was sentenced to four years in prison on tax-fraud charges, three of which were automatically pardoned and the rest 12 months were replaced by social community work due to the senior age of the politician. The tax-fraud conviction, however, led to the Senate barring him from public office for six years.
Since Benito Mussolini, no one has been as central to Italy’s political life as the skirt-chasing Silvio Berlusconi. Corporate media constantly needles the senior politician for his being a Lothario. But, the same hacks are apparently quite happy to indulge EU, UK and US politicians with a penchant for little girls and boys.
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