Berlusconi's Last Act

"If there were background music for the drama unfolding in Europe right now, it would be Mozart's opera Don Giovanni. And Silvio Berlusconi, Italy's soon-to-be-former Prime Minister, would play the lead role. During his 18 years in politics, Berlusconi--a onetime cruise-ship crooner whose political troubles have delayed the release of his album of love songs--has faced more than 50 no-confidence votes, dozens of allegations involving everything from tax evasion to Mafia ties to drugs and, of course, numerous sex scandals.... Perhaps more than any other single character, he represents the huge divide separating the actors trying to bridge the two halves of Europe--profligate southern countries like Greece and Italy, and nose-to-the-grindstone economic powerhouses like Germany and, by comparison with Italy, even France."

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