Silvio Berlusconi's latest sexual escapade is the talk of Italy, and now the world. Maybe we should be paying closer attention to evidence of far more sinister hookups.
Silvio Berlusconi's meeting with Barack Obama today comes at a time when Italy's reckless ruler's grip on power may be slipping.
Once upon a time, this Catholic country prided itself that Italians were brava gente, good people and tolerant. No more.
Name-calling, spitting, politicians fainting in the Senate chamber and a Catholic drive to "convert the Jews"--this is Italian politics.
Recent elections see Italy divided as it has not been since 1948, but
Romano Prodi has reason to be confident that his center-left coalition
Nineteen sixty-eight came early to Italy--it began with student protests at the University of Trento in 1967--and lasted longer, arguably, than anywhere else.
Dressed up as a tropical dictator in a sketch by the great Italian political cartoonist Altan, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi wears a double-breasted camouflage jacket, a goony grin on his face