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.
Ma soprattutto, nominare Grassi permetterebbe a Matteo, ancora una volta, di espandere la sua carica innovativa. Il Premier
The meeting thirty years ago with our publisher, Jean-Claude Fasquelle: I find Eco zany, brilliant, mischievous, and independent-minded, a Zelig of absolute knowledge, always ready with a witty remark, irrepressible.
Unless you are familiar with Marvel superheroes, it is hard to understand recent events in Italy. The Prime Minister, Democratic Captain Italia Enrico Letta has been just ousted by RenziThor, the Democratic Party leader.
Silvio Berlusconi, the longtime strongman of the Italian right, has been brought down -- at the age of 77, probably for good. Some observers express surprise at the man who held the dagger, but they really shouldn't. Any reader of Shakespeare could have predicted it.
Aside from the unsettling use of a divisive language with its war metaphors, a fundamental question emerges: Are these just delusional words or do they have an actual impact and credibility in the Italian society?
Italy is becoming a country numbed by a passive state of mind; a monolithic approach to issues of race that prevents any possibility for cross-cultural growth.
On June 24 former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was sentenced to seven years in jail for having paid a minor for sex. The day after, in the heart of Rome, a pro-Berlusconi demonstration took place under the unsettling banner: "We Are All Whores."
As one of Italy's best-known comedians, Beppe Grillo had often exposed political and business scandals as part of his routines, but in 2005 he published his first post on his blog, which established him as a public figure focusing on political and societal issues.
Berlusconi makes you think of Fidel. Not his friend Confalonieri, but the Caribbean leader Castro.