Angelino Alfano stood up to Silvio Berlusconi's calls and now leads the People of Freedom party (photo:dpa)

Berlusconi’s about turn strengthens Enrico Letta

Media magnate and political godfather Silvio Berlusconi had to eat humble pie when his attempt to humiliate the Italian government with a no confidence vote blew up in his face. He had no option but to change tack and, in doing so, he has strengthened his political enemy Enrico Letta.

<i>Silvio Berlusconi scored a spectacular own goal in September 2013 which has changed the face of Italian politics. The refusal of some his People of Freedom party members to bring down the coalition government of Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta has led to the People of Freedom party undergoing radical change and dumping former Prime Minister Berlusconi on the sidelines. The new party leader...

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Professor Enrico Colombatto
Italy’s GDP growth in 2013 will be negative, unemployment is 12.2 per cent with youth unemployment at more than 40 per cent and tax pressure among the highest in Europe
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