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Tough Year for Berlusconi

December 14, 2009

Looks like 2009 will be going out with a bang for Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi…literally. Sunday night, while at a rally in Milan, the charismatic and controversial Italian leader was struck in the face with a souvenir statuette of Milan cathedral. He has suffered a broken nose, broken teeth, and some facial cuts. 

But it seems a fitting end to a year that has been a year full of challenges. In April was forced to defend his friendship with the 18-year old aspiring model Noemi Letizia. Unconvinced of the casual nature of the relationship, Berlusconi’s wife, Veronica Lario filed for divorce in May

In July, Patrizia D’Addario, an escort came forward claiming that after a few 2008 liaisons with Berlusconi, he offered her a seat in the European Parliament. You bet there are tapes. 

On the grounds that it would violate the equality of all citizens, Italian judges in October ruled that Berlusconi did not have immunity from prosecution. He is facing at least three court case, one of which is for political corruption. In November, his trial for tax fraud went to court

And December has not just been a month of flying trinkets. Berlusconi is also trying to deal with allegations that he has connections with the Sicilian Mafia

Needless to say, it’s been a forgettable year for the Italian Prime Minister. For 2010, might I suggest: 

Hopefully 2010 gives Berlusconi a chance to "Reset"...hold the peregruzka.

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