February 28, 2013

Germany Deserves Berlusconi

Stefano Casertano, The European

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Berlusconi and his zombie magic are a product of German foreign policy imposed on Europe. What do Italians hate? Austerity. What did Berlusconi say? No austerity. That’s the simple logic behind his magical return to political influence. If you need more evidence, take a look at the comedian-turned-politician Beppe Grillo: in matters of European policy, his positions bear resemblance to those of Berlusconi. It now appears that Grillo’s party, the “Five Star Movement,” won a staggering 25 percent of the vote in yesterday’s elections. Mario Monti, who was perceived as the trailblazer of austerity measures, stood at a miserable ten percent.

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TAGGED: Silvio Berlusconi, Italy, Eurozone, Germany


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