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Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Unexpected help from Lampedusa

Silvio Berlusconi may just be able to escape the long arm of justice this time too, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung suspects commenting on the sex trial against Italy's prime minister: "The citizens' vexation has been tangible for weeks. Man say they're ashamed of their government and their country. ... They are angry with an old man with pre-democratic conceptions of power who believes he stands above the law and can do anything he likes. ... It will be interesting to see how Berlusconi and his brilliant lawyers try to prevent the trial. The stream of immigrants from Tunisia comes at an opportune moment. In emergency situations Berlusconi is generally able to present himself as an indispensable man of action. He happily inflates issues to divert attention from his scandals. The Lampedusa affair may mean he has to attend this or that appointment which will unfortunately make it impossible for him to appear in court."

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