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‘GIRLFRIEND IN A COMA:’ The Banned Documentary That Showed Why Italian Voters Were The First To Rebel

[credit provider=”Bill Emmott/Girlfriend In A Coma” url=”http://girlfriendinacoma.eu”] A day before election day two weeks ago, Italian authorities halted a screening of a documentary by the former editor of The Economist about the country’s society-wide crisis.The film, “Girlfriend In A Coma” — a play on the Smiths’ song speaking to Emmott’s […]
‘GIRLFRIEND IN A COMA:’ The Banned Documentary That Showed Why Italian Voters Were The First To Rebel
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Democracy Has Become The Biggest Threat In The Eurozone

[credit provider=”Fabrizio Goria” url=”https://twitter.com/FGoria/status/303954748602712064″] “I’m appalled that two clowns have won,” said Peer Steinbrück about the Italian election, referring to former comedian, now hot politician, Beppe Grillo, head of the 5 Star movement, and former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.One of them is “a professional clown who doesn’t mind being called […]
Democracy Has Become The Biggest Threat In The Eurozone
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Berlusconi Under New Investigation For Buying A Senator In 2006

[credit provider=”Olivier Morin/AFP”] Italy’s former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is under investigation for corruption again over allegations that he bribed a leftist senator in 2006, Italian media reported on Thursday.”Silvio Berlusconi is under investigation in Naples for corruption in a scandal over the ‘purchase’ of senators,” leftist daily La Repubblica […]
Berlusconi Under New Investigation For Buying A Senator In 2006
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A Blow-By-Blow Schedule Of The Italian Elections This Weekend

[credit provider=”Wikimedia/Presidenza della Repubblica and Wikimedia/ESMT”] While we have discussed the strategic implications of tomorrow’s critical Italian elections previously (An Italian “Hung Parliament” – Europe’s Biggest Political Risk), the actual chronology of events of tomorrow’s Italian elections which proceed through Monday is somewhat nebulous. So courtesy of JPM’s Alex White, […]
A Blow-By-Blow Schedule Of The Italian Elections This Weekend
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Silvio Berlusconi Could Actually Win

[credit provider=”AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia”] The Italian general election will be held next week.Currently, the lead is held by Pier Luigi Bersani, head of Italy’s left democratic party.
Silvio Berlusconi Could Actually Win
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Silvio Berlusconi Is ‘Like The Pied Piper, Leading Italy To Doom’

[credit provider=”Wikimedia/Presidenza della Repubblica and Wikimedia/ESMT”] Silvio Berlusconi is like the Pied Piper of Hamlin and will lead Italians to disaster if elected for a fourth time at next month’s elections, his challenger Mario Monti has warned.Mr Monti, who is contesting the election as the leader of a centrist coalition, […]
Silvio Berlusconi Is ‘Like The Pied Piper, Leading Italy To Doom’
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Silvio Berlusconi To Italy: ‘You Need Me’

[credit provider=”AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia”] Italy’s indefatigable former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has appeared on television for the third time in as many days, saying that Italy needed him to return.”You need me, and I always help people in need,” Berlusconi, 76, said in a lengthy interview with Rai Uno ahead […]
Silvio Berlusconi To Italy: ‘You Need Me’
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French President: Nobody Is Actually Taking Silvio Berlusconi Seriously

[credit provider=”AP”] Francois Hollande, the French president, has dismissed speculation that Silvio Berlusconi might stand for a fourth term as the Italian premier.Mr Hollande said “I don’t think there is a very serious likelihood” of the 76-year-old Italian making another bid for public office.
French President: Nobody Is Actually Taking Silvio Berlusconi Seriously
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Silvio Berlusconi Announces Engagement To A 27-Year-Old

[credit provider=”Claudio Villa/Getty Images”] Silvio Berlusconi sought to draw a line under his “bunga bunga” parties when he announced he was engaged to his girlfriend 50 years his junior, who makes him feel “less lonely.”In a wide-ranging interview aired on the talk show “Domenica Live” on his Canale 5 TV […]
Silvio Berlusconi Announces Engagement To A 27-Year-Old
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Berlusconi May Have Sparked A Surprising Change In Mario Monti

[credit provider=”Wikimedia/Presidenza della Repubblica and Wikimedia/ESMT”] Silvio Berlusconi was not exactly a welcome guest when he turned up in Brussels for the pre-summit gathering of Europe’s centre-right leaders.Some worried about being photographed next to Mr Bunga-Bunga.
Berlusconi May Have Sparked A Surprising Change In Mario Monti
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It Really Looks Like Silvio Berlusconi Is Going To Run Again

[credit provider=”AP”] After months and months of dropping hints, Silvio Berlusconi has confirmed that yes, he will be running to be Prime Minister of Italy again.According to reports in Italian press, Angelino Alfano, Secretary of the PDL, said “Berlusconi is on the field” and will lead the PDL at the […]
It Really Looks Like Silvio Berlusconi Is Going To Run Again
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Former Berlusconi Aide Kidnapped And Held For 35 Million Euros Ransom

[credit provider=”AP”] Members of an Italian gang have been arrested on suspicion of taking hostage Silvio Berlusconi’s accountant as part of a plot to extort 35 million euros (£28 million) from the former prime minister.Police said Giuseppe Spinelli, 71, one of the ex-premier’s most trusted confidantes, was taken hostage with […]
Former Berlusconi Aide Kidnapped And Held For 35 Million Euros Ransom
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The ‘Bunga Bunga Era’ On Italian TV Is Over

[credit provider=”www.uncoached.com” url=”http://www.uncoached.com/2009/08/10/shes-uncoachable-sara-varone-is-the-hottest-television-show-host-ever/”] A year after the fall of Silvio Berlusconi, the new head of Italy’s state television has launched a crusade against the ‘Bunga Bunga era’Almost a year to the day after the fall of Silvio Berlusconi, a quiet revolution is under way in Italian television. Once notorious for […]
The ‘Bunga Bunga Era’ On Italian TV Is Over
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Berlusconi Found Guilty In Tax Fraud Case

[credit provider=”AP”] Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been sentenced to 4 years in jail for tax evasion by a Milan court, according to Reuters.The case revolved around a plan by Berlusconi’s Mediaset company to purchase the rights to broadcast U.S. movies on Berlusconi’s private television networks.
Berlusconi Found Guilty In Tax Fraud Case
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A Complete Tour Of Silvio Berlusconi’s Underwater Lair

[credit provider=”AP”] In 2004, Silvio Berlusconi, then the controversial Prime Minister of Italy, hinted that his luxurious Sardinian Villa Certosa — where he hosted his notorious bunga bunga parties — had an underwater escape route.”It was the secret services who asked me to carry out the work, after I had received […]
A Complete Tour Of Silvio Berlusconi’s Underwater Lair
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This Week-Long Cruise Could Mark The Return Of Silvio Berlusconi To Politics

[credit provider=”en.wikipedia.org” url=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:MSC_Divina_a_Istanbul.JPG”] The Italian former prime minister is due to join a cruise from Venice this month in what many are seeing as an attempt to relaunch his political career.Cabaret dancers are what cruise ships normally offer as entertainment – or, at the more refined end of the market, […]
This Week-Long Cruise Could Mark The Return Of Silvio Berlusconi To Politics
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Berlusconi Is Using Facebook To Drop Hints About A Possible Comeback

[credit provider=”Silvio Berlusconi on Facebook” url=”http://www.facebook.com/SilvioBerlusconi”] Silvio Berlusconi seems to love using Facebook. He said some slightly crazy things on the social network about the ECB last summer, and even announced his resignation on it in November.Now he seems to be using it to hint at a comeback, a widely […]
Berlusconi Is Using Facebook To Drop Hints About A Possible Comeback
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Italy’s Biggest Problem Is That Is Doesn’t Have Any Political Parties

[credit provider=”AP”] Italy’s biggest problem is now clear, and it’s likely to remain Italy’s biggest problem for some time to come – the country has no politicians.Finally, I’ve cracked it.  I’ve understood what Italy biggest problem is, and no, it’s not Silvio Berlusconi, in case you were wondering.
Italy’s Biggest Problem Is That Is Doesn’t Have Any Political Parties
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Berlusconi Has Already Had To Retract Something He Said In An Interview With German Newspaper Bild Published Today

[credit provider=”AP Images” url=”http://www.apimages.com/OneUp.aspx?st=k&kw=Silvio%20Berlusconi&showact=results&sort=relevance&intv=None&sh=10&kwstyle=and&adte=1320418862&pagez=60&cfasstyle=AND&rids=71c767f3d47b4fde878a726c50118f9a&dbm=PY2010&page=1&xslt=1&mediatype=Photo”] Earlier today, German Newspaper Bild published an interview with ex-Prime Minister of Italy Silvio Berlusconi and that featured some typical Silvio comments.Aside from the usual bragging about saving Italy from “communism” and the like, Berlusconi also found time to brag about his relationship with Angela Merkel […]
Berlusconi Has Already Had To Retract Something He Said In An Interview With German Newspaper Bild Published Today
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DEADLOCK LOOMS IN ITALY As Monti Threatens Resignation And Berlusconi Wants Euro Exit

[credit provider=”Business Insider Story by Adam taylor” url=”http://www.businessinsider.com.au/berlusconi-women-bunga-bunga-2011-9#”] Merkel Hardens Position The EU summit is a day away and pre-summit bickering is so intense that it will be difficult if not impossible to get any major agreements. Two days ago, in a speech in German parliament, Bloomberg reported Merkel Hardens […]
DEADLOCK LOOMS IN ITALY As Monti Threatens Resignation And Berlusconi Wants Euro Exit
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WITNESS: I Saw Berlusconi Pay For Sex With An Underage Prostitute, He Liked Her Because She Was ‘So Young’

[credit provider=”YouTube Screenshot” url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62S5uKL8eAU”] Silvio Berlusconi, accused of paying for sex with an underage dancer at one of his notorious “bunga bunga” parties, may be in for a bad month.In a new interview, bunga bunga guest and Brazilian model Michelle Conceicao, says that she can confirm the former Italian prime […]
WITNESS: I Saw Berlusconi Pay For Sex With An Underage Prostitute, He Liked Her Because She Was ‘So Young’
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Berlusconi Says His Idea For Italy To Dump The Euro Was A ‘Joke’

[credit provider=”AP”] ROME (Reuters) – Former Premier Silvio Berlusconi said on Saturday he was only joking when he suggested that Italy should dump the euro unless the European Central Bank agreed to inject more cash into the economy.”We have to go to Europe and say forcefully that the ECB should […]
Berlusconi Says His Idea For Italy To Dump The Euro Was A ‘Joke’
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Berlusconi Said WHAT?!

[credit provider=”Silvio Berlusconi on Facebook” url=”http://www.facebook.com/SilvioBerlusconi”] Former Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi is writing some funny things on his Facebook page today.Arguing that the eurozone crisis has become a “recessive spiral,” he calls on Germany to get on board with more activist measures or get out of the currency union.
Berlusconi Said WHAT?!
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Silvio Berlusconi Apparently Had This Woman Dress As Obama At One Of His Notorious ‘Bunga Bunga’ Parties

[credit provider=”YouTube” url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rylD28YvxNs&feature=plcp”] In the latest bizarre twist in Silvio Berlusconi’s epic “bunga bunga” drama, a young female guest at the parties has revealed that she dressed as Barack Obama at one party hosted by the former Italian premier, Reuters reports.”I dressed up as [Italian prosecutor Ilda] Boccassini with a […]
Silvio Berlusconi Apparently Had This Woman Dress As Obama At One Of His Notorious ‘Bunga Bunga’ Parties
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Silvio Berlusconi Thinks All Women Are Exhibitionists

[credit provider=”AP”] Silvio Berlusconi, in an unusual move, found time to attend his own trial for allegedly using an underage prostitute today, the Guardian reports.He also found time to say some weird things about women to reporters outside.
Silvio Berlusconi Thinks All Women Are Exhibitionists
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WITNESS: Yes, Berlusconi Really Did Have Strippers Dressed As Nuns At His Parties

[credit provider=”AP”] Former Italian Prime Minister and notorious Lothario Silvio Berlusconi has mostly been out of the spotlight since stepping down from office in November — however his trail over a relationship with an underage nightclub dancer, Karima el-Mahroug aka “Ruby the Heartbreaker”, continues.The exciting news today is that model […]
WITNESS: Yes, Berlusconi Really Did Have Strippers Dressed As Nuns At His Parties
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Italy’s Opposition Leader And Head Of Its Right-Wing Separatist Party Has Resigned

[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons/theriddle”] Italy’s leading populist politician Umberto Bossi resigned on Thursday after a financial scandal engulfed his Northern League party, said the BBC.The Northern League is the only prominent opposition party to Prime Minister Mario Monti’s government. Francesco Belsito, the party’s treasurer, resigned on Tuesday after prosecutors alleged that he […]
Italy’s Opposition Leader And Head Of Its Right-Wing Separatist Party Has Resigned
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Forget Berlusconi, The Two Super Marios Are The New Face Of Modern Italy

[credit provider=”AP”] ROME (AP) — Thanks to two Marios, Italy’s image as the fun-loving land of the bunga bunga party but unreliable partner in Europe is under reconstruction — sparking cultural shifts at home.Premier Mario Monti, an economics professor who succeeded Silvio Berlusconi, is creating renewed confidence in Italy — […]
Forget Berlusconi, The Two Super Marios Are The New Face Of Modern Italy
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Silvio Berlusconi: ‘I’m Not A Playboy, I’m A Playman’

[credit provider=”AP”] The most ridiculed political figure in Europe insists he is not inclined to dark nights of the soul. His eldest daughter calls him twice a day, the way his late mother used to.He has five children and six grandchildren and all the money in the world. He remains […]
Silvio Berlusconi: ‘I’m Not A Playboy, I’m A Playman’
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CIAO, BERLUSCONI: Silvio Says He Isn’t Coming Back

[credit provider=”AP”] Despite some previous reports to the contrary, Silvio Berlusconi has said he will be “stepping aside” from front-line politics.The statement was made in an interview with the Financial Times, his first interview since resigning last November.
CIAO, BERLUSCONI: Silvio Says He Isn’t Coming Back
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An Italian Couple Committed A Double Suicide — And Dedicated It To Berlusconi

[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons “] A broke, unemployed Italian couple dedicated their double suicide to ex-Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.Salvatore De Salvo, 64, and his wife Antonia Azzolini, 69, killed themselves last week after losing their jobs and home of almost 50 years due to the financial crisis, the Daily Mirror reported.
An Italian Couple Committed A Double Suicide — And Dedicated It To Berlusconi
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Mario Monti Had A Very Austere New Years Eve, Thanks For Asking

[credit provider=”Wikimedia commons”] In an response to requests from an Italian MP, Prime Minister Mario Monti has given a delightfully detailed account of his New Year’s Eve dinner in an apparent bid to show just how austere he really is.The account of the soiree is posted (in Italian) on the […]
Mario Monti Had A Very Austere New Years Eve, Thanks For Asking
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Silvio Berlusconi Could Make A Comeback

[credit provider=”AP”] He has gone, but he’s not out.The atmosphere of Silvio Berlusconi’s departure from the post of prime minister on 12 November 2011 may have been characteristically undignified, as his route from his Palazzo Grazioli residence in Rome to the presidential palace echoed to onlookers’ jeers of “buffoon” and […]
Silvio Berlusconi Could Make A Comeback
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BERLUSCONI: Still Sour About Merkozy Laughing At Him

[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons”] Silvio Berlusconi, apparently a big fan of Facebook, has taken time out from his busy post-premier afternoon to upload quotes to the social network from a forthcoming interview with French Magazine “Paris Match”.In particular, he returns to one of our favourite Berlusconi-related moments of the fall, when […]
BERLUSCONI: Still Sour About Merkozy Laughing At Him
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Berlusconi Blames All His Problems On Foreign Media

[credit provider=”AP”] AS HE FACES a series of trials on a range of charges, Silvio Berlusconi has insisted he has done “nothing wrong” – and has blamed the foreign press for his downfall.Berlusconi, 75, announced his resignation as Prime Minister of Italy earlier this month after losing his parliamentary majority.
Berlusconi Blames All His Problems On Foreign Media
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Berlusconi Has One Request For The New Italian Government, And It’s Absolutely Spot On

[credit provider=”AP Images” url=”http://www.apimages.com/OneUp.aspx?st=k&kw=Silvio%20Berlusconi&showact=results&sort=relevance&intv=None&sh=10&kwstyle=and&adte=1320418862&pagez=60&cfasstyle=AND&rids=71c767f3d47b4fde878a726c50118f9a&dbm=PY2010&page=1&xslt=1&mediatype=Photo”] This is your hot weekend reading: Former Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi has done an exit interview with newspaper Corriere.In it, he says that the new government, composed all of technocrats, has promised not to stand for re-election in 2013. He also says that the Mario Monti […]
Berlusconi Has One Request For The New Italian Government, And It’s Absolutely Spot On
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CARTOONS OF THE WEEK: Featuring The Skeletons Of Newt Gingrich

[credit provider=”New York TImes Syndicate” url=”https://www.nytsyn.com/subscribed/cartoons”] We’ve got new cartoons from over the weekend, and what is lacking in quantity is made up for in quality.As per usual, hilarious takes on Occupy Wall Street are first up. Other topics the skeletons in Newt’s closet and the Eurozone crisis.
CARTOONS OF THE WEEK: Featuring The Skeletons Of Newt Gingrich
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The Sad News And The Happy News From Berlusconi’s Last Day In Office

[credit provider=”AP Images” url=”http://www.apimages.com/OneUp.aspx?st=k&kw=Silvio%20Berlusconi&showact=results&sort=relevance&intv=None&sh=10&kwstyle=and&adte=1320418862&pagez=60&cfasstyle=AND&rids=71c767f3d47b4fde878a726c50118f9a&dbm=PY2010&page=1&xslt=1&mediatype=Photo”] Silvio Berlusconi finally left his Prime Ministerial office today as Mario Monti entered, replacing him as leader of Italy.It was obviously an emotional day for Silvio, who according to AFP reports, was seen taking home a ming vase, a sword from Kazakhstan, and three framed photos […]
The Sad News And The Happy News From Berlusconi’s Last Day In Office
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End Of An Era: Berlusconi Prepares To Resign

[credit provider=”AP Images” url=”http://www.apimages.com/OneUp.aspx?st=k&kw=Silvio%20Berlusconi&showact=results&sort=relevance&intv=None&sh=10&kwstyle=and&adte=1320418862&pagez=60&cfasstyle=AND&rids=71c767f3d47b4fde878a726c50118f9a&dbm=PY2010&page=1&xslt=1&mediatype=Photo”] ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi prepared to resign Saturday after parliament’s lower chamber passed European-demanded reforms, ending a 17-year political era and setting in motion a transition aimed at bringing Italy back from the brink of economic crisis.A chorus of Handel’s “Alleluia,” performed by […]
End Of An Era: Berlusconi Prepares To Resign
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Don’t Rule Out A Berlusconi Come Back

[credit provider=”AP”] Over at the FT, Guy Dinmore has a thoughtful, interesting article on Silvio Berlusconi and his relationship with and influence on Italy.Perhaps the key takeaway is that it was ultimately the markets that forced Berlusconi out, rather than an electoral challenger. And perhaps because of that, there’s no […]
Don’t Rule Out A Berlusconi Come Back
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MERKEL: Italy Needs To Announce A New Leader Right Away

[credit provider=”AP”] BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel pressed Italy on Tuesday to clear up quickly who will run the country, something that she said is key to restoring its credibility.Premier Silvio Berlusconi pledged earlier this week to quit but questions remain over the timing and what will happen […]
MERKEL: Italy Needs To Announce A New Leader Right Away
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The Next Delusion Is That Technocrats Can Save Europe

[credit provider=”en.wikipedia.org” url=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Picard_as_Locutus.jpg”] Politicians in Greece and Italy failed to do the job. Prime Ministers in both countries went down in flames. However, it has been a struggle to find anyone to replace them with. Politicians have been bickering over replacements ever since the leaders agreed to resign. The latest […]
The Next Delusion Is That Technocrats Can Save Europe
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European Markets Rise, As Investors Celebrate The Demise Of Berlusconi

[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons” url=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:EPP_Summit_June_2011_-_Silvio_Berlusconi_1.jpg”] The party isn’t too wild, but it’s decent.European markets are rallying as the world cheers the end of Silvio Berlusconi, who announced his intent to resign after the markets closed yesterday.
European Markets Rise, As Investors Celebrate The Demise Of Berlusconi
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