Don’t let reports about his inevitable return fool you. No matter how powerful Silvio Berlusconi remains, a vast number of Italians would prefer he disappear, forever. Whether they can actually get rid of him is another story. Much will be dependent on a combination of the success of the new government in arresting Italy’s declining economy, in tandem with successful criminal prosecutions of Il Cavaliere, now that his immunity has been lifted.
Might Brussels step in and urge reform of something other than Italy’s labor laws? Removing Berlusconi’s appointments to Italian public broadcaster RAI, and breaking up his media holdings for conflicting with EU antitrust laws, would be a good start. Imagine what kind of precedent this would set for other European publishing monopolies. In the interm, as Italy moves to rebuild itself, we think it would be a good idea to recall the intense anger the former Prime Minister generated, starting with a Berlusconi wanted print, on a wall in Turin.
Photographs courtesy of Joel Schalit