Silvio Berlusconi

It could pave the way for the 81-year-old to run for prime minister in the next national election.
The trial will begin in the Tuscan city of Siena in February, the source said.
Italians are already calling him "molto pazzo."
Before Donald, there was Silvio. Accused of racism, xenophobia, sexism and corruption, Italy’s longest-serving Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is eerily similar to President Donald Trump.
Before Donald, there was Silvio. Accused of racism, xenophobia, sexism and corruption, Italy’s longest-serving Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is eerily similar to President Donald Trump.
The most glaring consequence of the Berlusconi era was the extent to which decay permeated the social and moral fabric of the country.
I believe America is better than Trump. That the general electorate will ultimately demand more than an angry, vulgar, crass, impulsive, intolerant, intellectually-bankrupt peddler of negativity and doom as leader of the free world and commander-in-chief of the greatest military on the planet. That's my new prediction. God help us if I'm wrong.
The Clinton campaign tried Dangerous Donald, which fell flat, and has been floating the moniker Poor Donald. Both choices hold none of the power of Trump's insults. Dangerous evokes a titillating thrill - Carlos Danger before being unmasked - and Poor Donald rings of elitist condescension.
The New York billionaire is the incarnation of a recurring theme in both American and world history. We live in a time that is characterized chiefly by uncertainty, and in this growing uncertainty Trump is the perfect spokesperson for expressing the ideas of the "old Europe" right.
At a time when the European project is at a standstill due to successive crises that have triggered nationalist pushes throughout the European Union, political ideologues and forecasters struggle to predict what awaits, or give a clear path that would enable Europeans to feel inclined to take the experiment further. One element they seem to agree upon, though, is the necessity for influential member states to be led by powerful, respected and visionary leaders.
Because who doesn't turn to the sex scandal-soaked former prime minister of Italy for advice on women?
The word "trump," according to the dictionary, is an alteration of the word triumph. And because Donald Trump, the US presidential candidate, appears likely to become the nominee of the Grand Old Party of Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan, we owe it to ourselves to ask in what sense and for whom he represents a triumph.
The similarities between Trump and Berlusconi -- their 'say it like it is' populism, their willingness to engage demagoguery, their wealth, their vulgarity, their ability to tap into the emotions (both positive and negative) of their supporters -- are manifest. But there are important differences.
Trump and Berlusconi thus share a vanity-soaked hyper-masculinity with special appeal to the disaffected (white) man. They come off as "just guys" who say what is on their minds and can relate to the ordinary man in the street, although in Trump's case this has a particular racial tinge; blacks and Latinos are few and far between in his audiences.
For those Italians who have over the past two decades resented Silvio Berlusconi, the arrival of Donald Trump on the US political scene is undoubtedly shocking.
So Trump is offering a potent cocktail of nationalism and optimism as a political outsider who can't be bought, facts, niceties and illegal immigrants be damned. A scarred and scared Republican base seems to be buying it. Can he go all the way?
BRISTOL, England -- America's rise of political outsiders mirrors the growth of populist parties on the old continent: Syriza and Golden Dawn in Greece, Podemos in Spain, the Austrian Freedom Party, the Five Star movement in Italy: the list goes on and on. In response, a balancing act needs to be pulled off, acknowledging what populism identifies correctly as deep problems in our politics while resisting the often conspiratorial details and simplistic, unworkable solutions.