Anddd, breaking news of the day, Italy’s prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has decided to resign.

Now, maybe this means more to me, a student going for an Italian minor, than it does to the average Chambana citizen. But seriously, if we look at this guy’s legacy, it’s a miracle he wasn’t forced out of office sooner.

Maybe we should start with the infamous bunga-bunga parties. Pretty much these were giant orgies held at Berlusconi’s villa, filled with young women, some of them aspiring actresses who hoped that Berlusconi could put in a good word for them in the media business (oh yeah, he controlled that too) and some of them just prostitutes. This was all well and good until one of these prostitutes (well, “alleged” prostitutes) turned out to be underage – that’s right, that whole Ruby scandal that was in the press a few months or so ago. Whether Berlusconi ever did anything with the girl aside from giving her money and helping her out of legal trouble has been up for debate, but any time you’re partying with a minor and a bunch of other women, it doesn’t really look that good. (Did I mention he’s 75? Ew.)

Oh, but it gets better – when Ruby Rubacuori, as she calls herself (or “Ruby Heartbreaker,” as she’s usually known in the English press) got in trouble with the Italian po-po, Berlusconi bailed her out by saying she was related to former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. Surprise surprise, she wasn’t.

Then there was that whole wiretapping thing, where Berlusconi was recorded trying to arrange a job for one of those upstanding young ladies in RAI, pretty much the biggest television company in Italy. And the conversation where he was recorded as saying he was only prime minister “in his spare time.” We got a winner, folks.

Of course, the reason he finally decided to throw in the towel was a loss of a parliamentary majority, but you know. It might have had something to do with the hookers, too.

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  1. Roberto

    Hallo!
    I’m from Italy and I’d like to comment on your article, but first of all let me apologize with you and the readers for my grammar!
    If you’re wondering how I know about this article, let’s say that a friend told me about it. Said friend received an email from me right after the vote you’re talking about. Content of the email was ‘put some Kool and the Gang on, it’s time for Celebration: Silvio is stepping down’. I can assure you that this line represents pretty much how the Nation feels about THE news!

    I won’t bother you and the readers telling why Silvio had to go: I know for sure you’re all well aware of the things he’s done in the past years. I just wanted to state the fact that things aren’t going to be better all of a sudden: it’ll take from 5 to 10 years to mend this country, in my opinion.

    Since I promised I wouldn’t bother you, I won’t talk about politics. I’ll just say one of his last gags, so that you can understand who I’m talking about. He said, and I’m quoting, “The crisis doesn’t exist in Italy: all restaurants are full of people”.

    Now, he’s an idiot, no questions about it. I beg you, please don’t think that Silvio represents us (Italians). Silvio only represents himself. We are nothing like him. If you’ll ever meet an Italian, then you’ll know what I’m talking about.

    I hope that after he resigns (because it’ll take two-three weeks, there’s still a question with European Government that needs to be solved) you won’t see him anymore, because I can feel (at least in Europe) that foreigners tend to identify every Italian they see or meet with Silvio. Again, we’re not like him, he’s from a different planet, as far as I’m concerned. So please, don’t think of us as you’d think of Mr. B, ok?
    Thank you!

    P.S.: Dee, if I may, why did you choose an Italian minor?
    P.P.S.: I wrote this while attending classes at University, so sorry if my writing is a little confused.

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