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Straub, Dominik

Frankfurter Rundschau

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Aargauer Zeitung - Switzerland | 31/05/2011

Italians turn their backs on Berlusconi

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has suffered another major defeat in the second round of the Italian local and regional elections held on Sunday and Monday. Good news for Italy, writes Switzerland's Aargauer Zeitung: "Silvio Berlusconi has often been declared politically dead - most recently after the sex scandal involving Ruby and 30 other harem girls. But he has always made a comeback - mostly for lack of alternatives. ... But never before have the Italians so demonstratively turned against Berlusconi as in these elections. Even his home town of Milan has turned its back on him - in a manner that leaves no room for doubt. ... But in the end only one thing counts: the wind has turned and not only the European neighbours but also the Italians themselves are ashamed of the bogeyman from Milan. This is good news for the country. Now it's up to the opposition to get rid of this spook for good."  

Frankfurter Rundschau - Germany | 15/12/2009

Berlusconi victim of his own policies

In most countries not too much political mileage will be made of an attack on the prime minister by someone who's mentally ill, but that's not true of Italy, writes the left-liberal Frankfurter Rundschau: "The blood-smeared face of Silvio Berlusconi is the symbol for a country in which political conflicts long ago evolved into enmity and hatred. ... Berlusconi has now fallen victim to this threatening climate. Since he entered Italian politics 15 years ago he has done much to poison the mood in the country. He calls his political opponents 'assholes' and 'scoundrels', critical media 'mud factories', and judges and lawyers 'cankers of democracy'. Berlusconi recognises no limits, no division of power, no president. .. Both he and political rabble-rousers in the opposing camp, like former anti-corrruption lawyer Antonio Di Pietro, have dug the trenches in Italy so deep that it seems they're here to stay. The opposing factions can no longer so much as talk with each other."

Frankfurter Rundschau - Germany | 07/07/2009

G8 summit is a true Vanity Fair

Starting Thursday the heads of state and government of the world's leading economies will meet for the G8 summit in L'Aquila, Italy. The left-liberal daily Frankfurter Rundschau is sceptical about the potential results of the summit: "The G8 institution already has a problem: The meetings of the leaders of the eight most powerful industrialised nations have so far failed to prove that they are anything more than a Vanity Fair which produces little more than noble declarations of intent that are promptly forgotten a couple of weeks later. Or can anyone still remember what was actually meant by the 'Heiligendamm Process'? The heads of government and state … will once again discuss the fight against poverty and hunger. They'll talk about climate change and speed up dialogue with the most important emerging economies (voilà: that's the 'Heiligendamm Process') … The results - that's clear even before the summit starts - will be meagre. And Berlusconi playing host certainly won't enhance the reputation of the G8 conferences."

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