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Two cheers for Berlusconi

Silvio Berlusconi may be a crook and he may be subverting Italian democracy but you’ve got to hand it to the man-he’s certainly livening up European politics. Naturally enough, MEPs lined up to denounce his comparison of one of their number to a concentration camp commandant. But as soon as the television cameras were turned off, the solemn airs were dropped and an atmosphere of hilarity reigned in the parliamentary bars of Strasbourg.

That said, there was one man who clearly derived no enjoyment at all from the Berlusconi gaffe-his deputy prime minister, Gianfranco “postfascist” Fini.…

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