Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Ops, He Did It Again.

Silvio Berlusconi is going to get the Italian Prime Minister sit for the third time. I don't intend to be disrespectful to all the people who voted for him, just because a huge part of Italy put the sign on 'Il Popolo delle Liberta', the Berlusconi -and Gianfranco Fini- 'party'. More than 13million italians are sure that Mr. Berlusconi is the right man to solve the problems that are causing the collapse of the system. So, I think the right thing to do is to take this not-so-good-for-me news in the right way, that means respecting the italian population who voted for him and his friends. In this article I'd like to take a look at the international press and at the first engagements that Berlusconi took in front of all the italians.
The first page of the yesterday's New York Times brought the news of the center-right victory in this way: Sivio Berlusconi, the idiosyncratic billionaire, who already dominates much of Italy's public life, snatched back political power in elections that ended Monday...
The Financial Times: Silvio Berlusconi, the showman of Italian politics , may have won his third term in office decisively. But the does not mean he will deliver on his victory pledge to give Italy the reforms it desperately needs.
The Economist: the question left by the vote is whether Mr. Berlusconi will exploit the solid mandate he has received to introduce reforms that Italy so badly needs. He promised he would. But then he has promised much in the past that he has failed to deliver.
The BBC: a normal saturday afternoon in the werstern world, and a man can go to the supermarket, return to his house, read a newsparper, flick between television channels and finally settle down to watch his favourite football team. All very normal except in Italy one man provides all these services. They call it Berlusconism. It seems the current Italian Prime Minister has cornered the market in cornering the market.
The Guardian, in a long article dedicated to Mr. Sarkozy, Jonathan Steele, concluded this way: you could become the gaffe-prone European whom your colleagues roll their eyes at when you turn your back - the new Berlusconi, the clown they grimly have to grin and bear.
Reading the international newspapers it seems that Silvio Berlusconi is not so loved and internationally respected, the first person he's going to see, will be Mr. Vladimir Putin, the first two phone calls he received after victory were from Mr. George Bush and Mr. Muammar Gheddafi...mah.
But what Berlusconi told Italians right after being re-elected? At first he assured that -at least- 4 women will took office as Ministers of Italian Republic, he said that the first 'Consiglio dei Ministri' will took place in Napoli to analyze and solve the difficult garbage situation, and he will spend 3 days per week overthere to make himself sure that the emergency will be taken seriously. He assured that he'll find a national solution for Alitalia -the Public Airline- in just a month, actually starting from yesterday. All we can do is to see if he will attend these first three engagements he took if front of all a month I will tell you about that. Thank you for your time and attention.

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