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The leaders of the major world’s economies gathered in Deauville, France, in occasion of the annual G8 summit. Besides Nicolas Sarkozy, French President and also President of the G8 for 2011, the leaders of Canada, Japan, Russia, Germany, United Kingdom, United States, Italy and European Union met to debate important and crucial world’s issues.
The summit was going to start when the Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi took the opportunity to approach the U.S. President Barack Obama to have a chat with him. Mister Berlusconi had clearly the intention to carve out a niche for himself to have an informal and apparently confidential talk with the world’s most powerful man.
He made a quick move and, right after the U.S. President’s entry, he rushed to the other side of the summit’s table approaching suddenly Mister Obama in a friendly way, then he started talking to him. Taking advantage of the presence of his interpreter the Italian Prime Minister, who doesn’t speak English fluently, condensed his message to the U.S. President in a few sentences.
The chat between the two leaders was shot by the reporters who were at the summit, and Berlusconi’s words started spreading quickly all around the world.
“How are you?” began Berlusconi, “We have a new majority,” he continued, “We have introduced the justice reform which is fundamental for us, because in Italy at the moment we have almost a left-wing judges’ dictatorship. I have been acquitted 31 times” Barack Obama listened and nodded, meanwhile the other leaders were seated down at table waiting to start the summit. The talk ended and Obama and Berlusconi shook hands one another.
This was just another “exploit” of the Italian Prime Minister, who is in the habit of coming out with particular poses or funny expressions. It is clear that for Berlusconi the constant attacks to the Italian magistracy at national level are not enough, he needs to broaden them also at international level.
He has been always arguing that his judicial problems are due only to the doggedness of Italian judges, defined as communist, left-wing, and even terrorist. The institutional clash between Prime Minister and the magistracy is very strong, and it gets worse everyday. Berlusconi is being fighting a real war both on the media as on the streets, by any means, with videos, conferences, posters, public accusations and so on.
The justice reform introduced by Berlusconi’s government would be the solution to all his judicial problems, and would reduce strongly the magistracy’s powers. For this reason the Italian parliament deals almost only with this question, leaving out all the other national issues, and trying to constantly increase the government majority in order to have the right number of votes to pass the reform.
Therefore, the country is stuck in a situation of political paralysis and is being affected by a serious instability. The institutional clashes multiply and the people look in astonishment at their country’s mess.