TheEconomist – The Berlusconi Case : Final Appeal – 31 July 2013

Berlusconi_smallTHERE is a double irony about the supreme court hearing that began in Rome on July 30th, in which Italy’s former prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi (pictured), is making a final appeal against his conviction for tax evasion. If the court were to uphold his conviction it could put an unbearable strain on Enrico Letta’s left-right government. Mr Berlusconi’s People of Freedom (PdL) movement is a junior, but essential, partner in the coalition.

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