Silvio Berlusconi’s fall from grace will have repercussions in Italy

Silvio Berlusconi's political career is over (photo:dpa)
Silvio Berlusconi's political career is over (photo:dpa)

The departure of Italy’s political showman Silvio Berlusconi after some 20 years of dominating politics is bound to have repercussions on its shaky coalition. But the major impact is likely to be among the centre left. This is already riven with splits as five men compete for two jobs. Prospects for stability in Italy are measured in just weeks and months.

<i>Silvio Berlusconi’s political era in Italy is virtually over. His conviction on tax fraud charges saw him sentenced to four years imprisonment and banned from public office. Many Italians are happy to see such a controversial actor removed from the political scene. But this has ramifications which do not mean that the trans...

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