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La Repubblica - Italy | Friday, September 2, 2011

Scandals make Berlusconi unacceptable

The Italian police arrested entrepreneur Giampaolo Tarantini on Thursday on charges of blackmailing the head of government Silvio Berlusconi. Tarantini, who was accused of playing the role of procurer in the 2009 sex scandals, has allegedly pocketed over half a million euros from Berlusconi for making false statements. The prime minister has dug his own grave, writes the left-liberal daily La Repubblica: "With his public vices and his dissolute private lifestyle Berlusconi has put himself at the mercy of a criminal gang. He is forced to buy the silence of the person who 'helped him' and is now threatening to make everything public. The prime minister is his own executioner, not a victim. ... He himself has not been accused of any crime, but the huge political weight of the scandal is more obvious than ever: the moral unacceptability of a prime minister who has become a cash dispenser."

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