Tuesday 20 March 2018

Barry Moody: Mario Monti struggles as Silvio Berlusconi makes astonishing comeback

LITTLE more than a year ago Silvio Berlusconi was hounded out of office by a baying crowd and economics professor Mario Monti stepped in as prime minister, hailed as Italy's saviour.

Now Berlusconi has performed an astonishing comeback to return to the spotlight, exacting his political revenge while Monti is struggling badly to make a breakthrough in the campaign for a Feb. 24-25 election.

For most of 2012 Monti, a former European commissioner, dominated Italy, pushing politicians to the sidelines and restoring the country's battered reputation after Berlusconi had taken the country to the brink of a Greek-style crisis.

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