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Berlusconi, Gaddafi and the failure of freewheeling diplomacy

By Ferdinando Giugliano  

Berlusconi has tried to replace diplomacy with charm and salesmanship—but has he been both ethically and economically foolish? Photo: Agência Brasil

I can still remember vividly the sense of unease I had as I walked past the traffic jams clogging Rome’s roads on a hot day last August. The city had been blocked for the visit of Italy’s new friend, Muammar Gaddafi. As part of the warm welcome he received, Gadaffi was allowed to pitch his Bedouin tent in the beautiful scenery of the Villa Dora Pamphilii, give…

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