Sunday 24 September 2017

Barry Moody: Why the thought of a Silvio be Berlusconi comeback has sent shock waves across Europe

Silvio Berlusconi and the Moroccan-born dancer Karima El Mahroug
Silvio Berlusconi and the Moroccan-born dancer Karima El Mahroug

HE is on trial for having sex with an underage prostitute, is one of the most divisive figures in Italy and was chased from office eight months ago after steering his country to the brink of financial catastrophe.



Now Silvio Berlusconi - who denies the sex trial charges - is back, unchastened, and apparently planning to stand for prime minister in an election early next year.



His move has added a new element of instability into Italy's volatile politics, one of the key factors cited by ratings agency Moody's in downgrading the country's sovereign debt by two notches last week and warning it could cut further.

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