December 22, 2012
Italy: Europe's Impotent Politics in a Nutshell
Tim Parks, The Guardian
Berlusconi is not a buffoon. It's true he's on trial for inducing a minor to prostitution. It's true he has been endlessly in court on charges of bribery and corruption. It's true that he never fails to produce comically inappropriate innuendos at international summits. But in politics, context is everything. Berlusconi owns large parts of the Italian press, and that makes other parts of it wary of attacking him. He is vastly wealthy and proportionately dangerous.
TAGGED: Eurozone, Italy