Nick Squires: Why Italy has not heard the last of Silvio
He may be gone, but he certainly won't be forgotten. Few Italians believe they have seen the last of Silvio Berlusconi, who on Saturday ended a tumultuous 17-year political career in which he made the nation an international laughing stock with his bawdy jokes, bandannas and "bunga bunga" parties.
Mr Berlusconi's immense wealth, his virtual monopoly of commercial television, his ownership of AC Milan football club and the four criminal trials in which he is involved all guarantee the 75-year-old will continue to loom large in Italian life.
"Il Cavaliere" -- The Knight, as he is known to Italians -- could even ride again into the political arena, despite promising this week that he had no intention of standing as a candidate in the coming elections.