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(Reuters)   Silvio Berlusconi's possible re-election does something few others have done: frighten Germany   (reuters.com) divider line 32
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2013-02-20 11:38:17 AM
He will stimulate the Italian economy with bunga-bunga parties!
 
2013-02-20 11:39:20 AM
Berlusconi has been sentenced to prison for tax fraud and is on trial for having sex with an under-aged prostitute. He is the polar opposite of Merkel, a pastor's daughter who became a physicist and who is ridiculed by critics as frumpy.

Sounds like we've got ourselves a whacky sitcom! Hollande can be their wise-cracking upstairs neighbor, and Barroso can be their landlord who never gets anything done around the apartment!
 
2013-02-20 11:40:43 AM
Sounds like Berlusconi's about to find out that they're not all smiles & sunshine.
 
2013-02-20 11:48:10 AM
Because a frightened Germany always turns out so well for everyone else.
 
2013-02-20 11:54:24 AM
Maybe Germany and Italy can come up with some sort of agreement to split the EU between the two of them.
 
2013-02-20 11:57:37 AM
Is Germany frightened because because Berlusconi is against austerity measures? Because, correct me if I'm wrong, in most cases a country applying austerity measures in an economic downturn devastates that country's economy?
 
2013-02-20 12:17:08 PM
Well, it worked well for Europe in the 1930's & 40's
 
2013-02-20 12:17:30 PM
Incredible.  More lives than a cat, this guy.


Minus the black shirts, fascism and slaughtering communists, this Italian strongman is the modern day Mussolini.
 
2013-02-20 12:22:18 PM
As an American, I like Silvio Berlusconi. I hope he wins. It gives hope to people like Donald Trump who want to run for President in 2016.
 
2013-02-20 12:24:16 PM
how... is it possible that this man is close to being in power again?
 
2013-02-20 12:25:47 PM
I have a very simple rule. Never trust an Italian leader whose name ends with...

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-02-20 12:31:07 PM

bdub77: I have a very simple rule. Never trust an Italian leader whose name ends with...

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FTFY
 
2013-02-20 12:47:16 PM

Saxaholic: Is Germany frightened because because Berlusconi is against austerity measures? Because, correct me if I'm wrong, in most cases a country applying austerity measures in an economic downturn devastates that country's economy?


The problem is that in the minds of Italians (and Greeks) "end of austerity measures" means "we'll keep doing as we've always done, and if when we fark up again, Germany will pick up the bill". And to be honest, pretty much anybody in Germany is tired of being treated as the bad boy when our money is the only reason these countries are not bankrupt yet.
 
2013-02-20 12:57:02 PM
Frighten Germany??? Those two words make sense on their own but I don't understand what that sentence means.

/invade all of Europe, parts of Asia, parts of Africa at the same time Germany? That Germany?
/what ever you do, don't make those crazy Teutonics angry.
/we taught them a lesson in 1918 and they've hardly bothered us since then
 
2013-02-20 01:08:18 PM
Damn, how many political lives does this sun'biatch have?
 
2013-02-20 01:25:30 PM
They've been in the position of having to prop up a corrupt and incompetent Italian leader before.

/is that a Godwin?
//i'm never quite sure
 
2013-02-20 01:27:01 PM

bdub77: I have a very simple rule. Never trust an Italian leader whose name ends with...

[upload.wikimedia.org image 400x221]


Ekke Ekke Ekke Ptang A-Roop Boingen Weer?
 
2013-02-20 01:49:52 PM
Two and a Half Prime Ministers.
 
2013-02-20 01:58:30 PM

Saiga410: bdub77: I have a very simple rule. Never trust an Italian leader whose name ends with...

[upload.wikimedia.org image 400x221]

Ekke Ekke Ekke Ptang A-Roop Boingen Weer?


I think he meant "a little path running down the middle".
 
2013-02-20 02:06:45 PM
Yeah - but the Germans have done plenty of freightening!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRTngtsOY8Q
 
2013-02-20 02:08:38 PM

rufus-t-firefly: Because a frightened Germany always turns out so well for everyone else.


The history of the 20th century is about Germany being afraid of stuff.
 
2013-02-20 02:17:02 PM
Came for the DJ Batman references, leaving happy.
 
2013-02-20 02:58:05 PM

r1chard3: rufus-t-firefly: Because a frightened Germany always turns out so well for everyone else.

The history of the 20th century is about Germany being afraid of stuff.


"What if France attacks us while we're at war with Russia?"
:invades Belgium and France:

"We've got to get Russia out of the war or we'll lose in the West!"
:lets Lenin pass through Germany:

"What if TEH JOOS stab us in the back?"
:initiates genocide:

Let's try not to freak them out in the future.
 
2013-02-20 03:04:17 PM
No matter how bad politics get in the US, when Europe biatches all we have to do is point to that farking clown Berlusconi.
 
2013-02-20 03:22:25 PM
Silvio has good taste in women
www.ansa.it
 
2013-02-20 04:40:21 PM

Saxaholic: Is Germany frightened because because Berlusconi is against austerity measures? Because, correct me if I'm wrong, in most cases a country applying austerity measures in an economic downturn devastates that country's economy?


As much as I am against austerity measures, electing Berlusconi would be like fixing your car by pushing it off a cliff.
 
2013-02-20 04:48:01 PM

John Henry Eden: Incredible.  More lives than a cat, this guy.


Minus the black shirts, fascism and slaughtering communists, this Italian strongman is the modern day Mussolini.


He's otherwise the same combination of dictator and dork.
 
2013-02-20 04:50:37 PM

like tears in rain: Saxaholic: Is Germany frightened because because Berlusconi is against austerity measures? Because, correct me if I'm wrong, in most cases a country applying austerity measures in an economic downturn devastates that country's economy?

As much as I am against austerity measures, electing Berlusconi would be like fixing your car by pushing it off a cliff.


What about http://xkcd.com/582/ ?
 
2013-02-20 06:28:11 PM

monoski: Silvio has good taste in women
[www.ansa.it image 210x148]


Has anyone ever doubted that.

Meanwhile, in Iceland...
 
2013-02-20 08:28:34 PM

monoski: Silvio has good taste in women
[www.ansa.it image 210x148]


Ooh, whodat?
 
2013-02-20 09:01:09 PM

Sergeant Grumbles: monoski: Silvio has good taste in women
[www.ansa.it image 210x148]

Ooh, whodat?


He's got more where that came from.  The man has good taste.  GIS is your friend.  There's an underage Moroccan escort too somewhere in the mix
 
2013-02-21 12:52:48 AM
I always enjoyed seeing Erin Burnett talk about his bunga-bunga parties.
 
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