7 of the most outrageous lines from Silvio Berlusconi's new biography
Some of the most outrageous highlights from Silvio Berlusconi's new biography, from the origins of 'bunga bunga' to David Cameron's joke about "jacuzzis and call girls"
On Angela Merkel
“I believe that all my problems with Angela Merkel started when it was reported that I had called her “an un****able lard arse”.
In the biography, Mr Berlusconi writes that he never made the remark.
“I never said it. It was a complete invention by an Italian newspaper, created by someone who wanted to damage me and create a conflict between me and Angela.”
On the build-up to the Iraq war in early 2003
“I was very worried. I wanted to try to change [George W] Bush’s mind. I was looking for an alternative to the invasion of Iraq. I was trying to think of a country in which Saddam could go into exile, a way out in order to avoid war.
"So I contacted Gaddafi and we discussed the possibility of Libya accepting Saddam. We spoke about it half a dozen times, between the end of 2002 and the start of 2003. And I almost managed to convince him to take Saddam.
"Bush was not against the idea. He would have accepted it, had there been enough time [to persuade Saddam to step down]"
On spending time with George Clooney
“It was one of the more astonishing evenings of my life.”
“I went to speak about Darfur. I’d done all my homework. [Afterwards] he took me to see his bedroom and the bed that Putin had given him. There are so many jokes, there’s so little time.
“It became a very different evening than anyone thought. I was like ‘I have to go’ and he was saying ‘No where are you going, there’s going to be a party’, and I was like, ‘No I gotta go, I really do.”
“I’m a natural born seducer! More than a great seducer, I have been very often seduced.”
On his rumoured harem of 30 women
Silvio Berlusconi and Karima el-Mahroug, nicknamed Ruby
“I’m 74 years old and even though I’m a bit of a rascal, the idea of 33 girls in two months seems to me a bit much, even for a man of 30.”
On British Prime Minister David Cameron on getting in his jacuzzi
David Cameron stands with his wife Samantha
'Samantha I’ve got to go off to Italy – dinner with Berlusconi. Don’t worry I’ll get so-and-so to pull me out of the jacuzzi before the whores turn up’.
On the phrase "bunga-bunga"
According to Berlusconi's autobiography, the origins of the phrase came from a meeting with his old friend Colonel Gaddafi
The joke goes:
A pair of Italian politicians are captured by a fierce African tribe and tied to poles. A tribal leader says to one of the Italians: “You, do you want to die or bunga bunga?” The politician chooses the second option.
But bunga-bunga turns out to mean forced intercourse.
“All the warriors in the village did him,” said Mr Berlusconi, laughing as he recounted the joke.
The tribal leader then approaches the second Italian and asks the same question.
The terrified Italian says: “I’d prefer to die.”
The tribesman replies: “Fine, you will die, but first let’s do some bunga bunga!”
Mr Berlusconi added: “It’s from this joke that the whole bunga bunga thing came from.”