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Silvio Berlusconi’s “sacrifice”

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Silvio Berlusconi, former Italian President of Council (1994 – 1996, 2001 – 2006, 2008 – 2011) and PdL leader

Former Italian President of Council (1994 to 1996, 2001 to 2006 and 2008 to 2011) Silvio Berlusconi officially announced he will stand for the next spring legislative elections.

I have to save Italy on the brink of collapse” he said on the last Wednesday to explain his position and his umpteenth come back in politics after hesitations and states of mood. Indeed, he had no longer the choice: prosecuted in a lot of inquiries (as the “Rubygate”), Berlusconi did not have any else alternative than to run for the legislatives for the sixth time. Leading the campaign for his movement, Il Popollo della Liberta (The people of liberty, PDL, centre-right), Il Cavaliere hope to avoid justice and take his revenge after he was forced to resign in November 2011 and replaced by Mario Monti and his technicians’ government.

This umpteenth come back of Berlusconi happens at the moment Mario Monti, current President of Council announced his resignation, considering he had not the support of the Italian House of representatives and the PDL especially which abstained on the vote of confidence, disowning the Mario Monti’s government in a certain way. The Italian PM preferred to draw the conclusion and step down, a way to denounce the come-back of Berlusconi in the political stage and which follows.

Silvio Berlusconi with Mario Monti, Italian PM since November 2011

Silvio Berlusconi with Mario Monti, Italian PM since November 2011

In fact, the come-back of Berlusconi in politics may be explained more by his problems with the Italian justice than a real envy, a real motivation to get Italy out the crisis in which it is since a moment durably. As written before, Il Cavaliere has not really the choice and uses his last joker to not be worried once again. Thus, Berlusconi is introducing himself a statesman, acting by duty and sacrificing himself for the good of the interests of Italians. Whatever his age or his controversial personality: Berlusconi is sacrificing for Italy and for Italy only!

The come-back of Berlusconi’s announcement was coldly welcomed by the Italian people and the Italian and European leaders as Hannes Swodoba – the S&D group in the European Parliament chairman – and José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, having some concerns for the Eurozone stability and vis-à-vis the reaction of the markets. Moreover, this come-back is far to be successful insofar as the PDL party barely gets 14% in the opinion polls (38% in 2008) compared with the Partito Democratito (Democratic Party, PD, centre-left) and his candidate Pierluigi Bersani (current PD secretary general) who got 30% of the vote intentions and is the favourite to be the next President of Council in some weeks. What is more, Bersani can count on the legitimacy he got during the primaries in which he was elected with more 60% of the votes face to Matteo Renzi, young major of Firenze, just a week ago. This is a major asset for the PD candidate, former communist activist, vis-à-vis Silvio Berlusconi, shyly backed by his supporters.

"Professional life, retirement... It's always the same a bit" Cartoon made by Plantu for the French daily, "Le Monde" in October 2012

“Professional life, retirement… It’s always the same a bit” Cartoon made by Plantu for the French daily, “Le Monde” in October 2012

Il Cavaliere is trying a successful come-back more motivated by a personal interest than a collective one, in order to protect himself but also to delay a ineluctable moment: the moment he will have to account for justice. Waiting for the moment, the coming election will be the occasion he gives some explanations to his compatriots and is sanctioned by the Italian people, definitely!

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