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The European - Germany | 26/02/2013

Berlusconi is Italy's revenge on Germany

Berlusconi's success in the parliamentary elections can be traced back to Germany's policies and its austerity dictates for Europe, journalist Stefano Casertano writes in the German version of the online magazine The European: "The principle is simple: what do Italians hate? Austerity. What did Berlusconi promise? The end of austerity. ... A vote for Berlusconi was a vote against Germany. ... His laconic magic is the product of German foreign policy. Many Italians, at least those who voted for him, believe that now the big 'euro fraud' will come to light. Germany is a fantastic country with remarkable economic power, but the advantages that it reaps from the euro are disproportionate to what it puts into it. ... The idea is simple: 'You gave us austerity, we give you Berlusconi.' ... Don't ask why the Italians should vote against Berlusconi, but why they vote for him. ... And also how a big country like Germany should use its leadership role in Europe."

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