Monday 19 February 2018

Why a world without Silvio would surely be a poorer place

Italy's Prime Minister Berlusconi gestures during a news conference in Naples last month
Italy's Prime Minister Berlusconi gestures during a news conference in Naples last month

Peter Popham in Milan

CORRESPONDENTS in Italy are dusting off the black armbands: we may have little more than one more week left in which to kick Silvio Berlusconi around.

As predicted in this space in August, the Italian prime minister's former right-hand man, post-Fascist leader Gianfranco Fini, who has been feuding with his old chief for most of the year, is now poised to plunge in the dagger.

Although Fini -- tall, grim and bony, with something of the undertaker's air -- has only a few dozen MPs loyal to his new party, he claims to have amassed a slim majority of those on the centre right willing to give the 74-year-old billionaire the coup de grace at the culmination of a confidence debate tomorrow week.

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