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EU Parliament chief warns Italy off Berlusconi
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EU Parliament chief warns Italy off Berlusconi

Published: 21 Feb 2013 14:58 GMT+01:00
Updated: 21 Feb 2013 14:58 GMT+01:00

"Silvio Berlusconi has already sent Italy into a tailspin with irresponsible government action and personal capers," Schulz told Thursday's daily Bild newspaper.

The "confidence" which Italy has gained through outgoing Premier Mario Monti should not be gambled away, he added.

"I have great confidence that the Italian voters will make the right choice

for their country," Schulz said.

Asked about a possible comeback by three-time premier in general elections beginning Sunday, other German politicians have said this week the decision lies purely with Italians - but hinted the 76-year-old billionaire tycoon was not their first choice.

Chancellor Angela Merkel told the Straubinger Tagblatt regional daily on Wednesday that Monti's reforms had "brought a great deal of confidence worldwide back to the country."

However, she insisted that it was "for the Italians to elect their government" and she did not want to get involved in "recommendations or speculation."

In 2003, Berlusconi provoked an uproar in the European Parliament when he invited a heckling Schulz to appear in a film as a Nazi camp guard.

In Italy, "a producer is now shooting a film about the Nazi concentration camps", Berlusconi shouted back at Schulz.

"I propose you to play the role of Kapo," he said, referring to a guard drawn from camp detainees chosen by the Nazi SS.

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Your comments about this article

16:21 February 21, 2013 by Englishted
A first I agree with Angela Merkel "for the Italians to elect their government"

But unless I'm wrong they and the Greece have both had E.U. appointed leaders before and she said nothing then, is it because at sometime in the future he may run against her ?.
22:22 February 21, 2013 by sonriete
All that old windbag Schulz is doing is attracting votes to Berlisconi.
07:54 February 22, 2013 by McM
I am not a Berlusconi fan but it is pretty rich for Shultz to stick nose into the Italian political scene. On Shultz's watch as EU top pork barreller and president the track record for the EU is not too impressive. A case of the pot calling the kettle black as Granny would say.
11:37 February 22, 2013 by smart2012
Schulz is right, Berlusconi is dangerous for italy and Europe (like Sarkozy was). But he will lose, thanks to Bersani and Monti.

And then Merkel will be the only right wing in the BIG 3 and the big money giver in Europe.

France=Holland

Italy=Bersani

Germany=Merkel

Then hopefully Germans will get rid of Verkel in Sept, and then Europe will work much much better
12:44 February 22, 2013 by jg.
smart2012 "Berlusconi is dangerous for italy"

Graphs of unemployment and public debt for Italy would suggest that it is the socialists who have been dangerous for Italy. Sovereign debt started to head the wrong way as soon as Prodi took power in 2006.

If you view Germany, France and Italy is the BIG 3 in the EU, does that mean you would support a UK withdrawal?
18:11 February 22, 2013 by IchBinKönig
How about if Schultz graduated High School first? Amazing that someone who never finished their A levels could be in his position. But it seems clear that he is not where he is because of his intelligence and education. He is where he is because he is a Bully.
02:07 February 23, 2013 by smart2012
Honestly I do not mind what UK does, and in terms of payers to Europe yes Germany, France and Italy are the big 3
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