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End of an era as Italy’s Berlusconi resigns
msnbc.msn.com/ ^ | 11-12-11

Posted on 11/12/2011 1:42:51 PM PST by Justaham

Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi resigned Saturday after parliament's lower chamber passed European-demanded reforms, ending a 17-year political era and setting in motion a transition aimed at bringing the country back from the brink of economic crisis.

A chorus of Handel's "Alleluia," performed by a few dozen singers and classical musicians, rang out in front of the president's palace as thousands of Italians poured into downtown Rome to rejoice at the end of Berlusconi's scandal-marred reign.

Hecklers shouted "Buffoon, Buffoon!" as Berlusconi's motorcade entered and exited the presidential palace, where he tendered his resignation to President Giorgio Napolitano, the palace said in a statement.

Respected former European commissioner Mario Monti remained the top choice to try to steer the country out of its debt woes as the head of a transitional government, but Berlusconi's allies remained split over whether to support him.

Their opposition wasn't expected to scuttle Napolitano's plans to ask Monti to try to form an interim government once Berlusconi resigns, but it could make Monti's job more difficult.

Napolitano is expected to hold consultations Sunday with all of Italy's political forces before proceeding with his expected nomination of Monti. Late Saturday, Berlusconi's party said it would support Monti, albeit with conditions.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: corruption; mafia; socialism; sourcetitlenoturl; victimology

1 posted on 11/12/2011 1:42:52 PM PST by Justaham
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To: Justaham

No sympathy for men that use underage prostitutes. What a sick monster.


2 posted on 11/12/2011 1:47:39 PM PST by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the constitution"-Obama official)
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3 posted on 11/12/2011 1:48:39 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Justaham

Keep your nose clean Silvio. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Pe3H_Qj5q0


4 posted on 11/12/2011 1:50:14 PM PST by tumblindice (The day ain't over yet)
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To: Justaham

No big deal. Italy has had a new government about once a year since World War II.


5 posted on 11/12/2011 1:53:54 PM PST by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: icwhatudo

“No sympathy for men that use underage prostitutes. What a sick monster.”

Well, maybe he wasn’t perfect. But we have losers on this site asking for sympathy after getting laid off...after working for former (New Jersey) Governor Corzine. They cannot seem to understand that Corzine would treat them like he’s treated the other 9,000,000 people in New Jersey (i.e., screw them).


6 posted on 11/12/2011 1:54:57 PM PST by BobL (Send Rove a Message, VOTE CAIN, no matter what)
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To: icwhatudo
No sympathy for men that use underage prostitutes.

Especially after 19 years with Veronica Lario:

She's divorcing him too.

7 posted on 11/12/2011 1:55:41 PM PST by Carry_Okie (Grovelnator Schwarzenkaiser: Fashionable fascism one charade at a time.)
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To: icwhatudo
No sympathy for men that use underage prostitutes.

Especially after 19 years and two children with Veronica Lario:

She's divorcing him too.

8 posted on 11/12/2011 1:57:41 PM PST by Carry_Okie (Grovelnator Schwarzenkaiser: Fashionable fascism one charade at a time.)
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To: Justaham
Also breaking, sun will set in the west this evening:

Berlusconi

9 posted on 11/12/2011 2:08:56 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: Justaham

Obama next, please.


10 posted on 11/12/2011 2:16:49 PM PST by Third Person
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To: Carry_Okie

Is he nuts?


11 posted on 11/12/2011 2:26:08 PM PST by Maine Mariner
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To: Justaham

Now a central banker is taking over the country. It is the latest pattern. Instant banker immunity from high crimes.


12 posted on 11/12/2011 2:35:35 PM PST by Revel
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To: Revel

Monti has distant relatives in Rhode Island, a friend of mine is one of them. Road Trip!!


13 posted on 11/12/2011 2:52:20 PM PST by GreatRoad (O < 0)
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To: icwhatudo

What? He did that, stayed in office, and now he finally resigns over budget cuts? Gag me.


14 posted on 11/12/2011 3:10:53 PM PST by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: Justaham

Were there any hookers offered in the severance package?


15 posted on 11/12/2011 3:19:10 PM PST by Cheapskate (Play loud and carry BIG sticks!)
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Day 43 of the Freepathon

16 posted on 11/12/2011 4:26:26 PM PST by RedMDer (Forward With Confidence!)
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To: Justaham

Here is Monti on record saying, on TV, just last Sept. 26th:

http://tv.libero-news.it/video/103198/Monti___Euro_funziona__guardate_la_Grecia_.html

...”Oggi stiamo assistendo al grande successo dell’euro e la manifestazione più concreta di questo successo è la Grecia, costretta a dare peso alla cultura della stabilità con cui sta trasformando se stessa”

(Today we are witnessing the great success of the Euro, and the most concrete manifestation of this success is Greece, forced as she is to give weight to the culture of stability through which she is transforming herself.)

So here you have it from Italy’s next Prime Minister, a technocrat!

Why a technocrat and just recently appointed lifetime senator? No political responsibility. Whenever unpopular cuts and taxes need to be pushed (inheritance tax, property tax, gas hikes, etc.) the chickenshit politicians pass the hot potato to persons who either have no political future or will have one regardless of popularity.

The only cure against this rot is elections, with a real and unafraid politician taking responsibility.


17 posted on 11/12/2011 4:28:07 PM PST by Youaskedforit
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18 posted on 11/12/2011 4:41:54 PM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC BY DONATING NOW! Sarah's New Ping List - tell me if you want on it.)
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To: icwhatudo

The idiot resigning does nothing to improve their economic situation. Your right, too, no sympathy.


19 posted on 11/12/2011 5:53:37 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: Carry_Okie

Now that is a beauty.


20 posted on 11/12/2011 8:10:28 PM PST by Marechal
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To: Justaham

Am I to assume that, now that SB is history, Italian 10-yr bond yields will dive to well below 7% now?


21 posted on 11/12/2011 8:40:48 PM PST by MichaelCorleone (Doesn't anyone love liberty anymore?)
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To: jjotto

That USED to be true, but Bersculoni’s Forza Italia party changed all that. Politically the country has been much more stable since he formed that.


22 posted on 11/13/2011 1:59:43 AM PST by Vanders9
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To: Maine Mariner

No, he has a “very active” libido. (I’m being polite here).


23 posted on 11/13/2011 2:00:49 AM PST by Vanders9
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To: Eleutheria5
You might think US politics can be a nasty business, but Italy is something else. All Italian politicians face constant accusations about sexual impropriety, nepotism, corruption, judicial interference and even murder.

Democracy is not served by all this, because it allows the guilty to hide with the innocent. These constant personal attacks are so common they don't carry much weight anymore. In other words, its not that the mud doesn't stick, its just that there is so much mud around it doesn't really matter if it does.

24 posted on 11/13/2011 2:12:24 AM PST by Vanders9
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To: GeronL

It doesn’t improve their economic situation one jot, but that’s not why he is throwing his hand in.


25 posted on 11/13/2011 2:14:07 AM PST by Vanders9
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To: icwhatudo

Not standing up for Silvio, but the girl was 17. In Italy, she is past the age of sexual consent. In Britain, she would also be, as it is 16.

Silvio isnt a paedophile, lets reserve that for men who sleep or attempt to sleep with girls much younger. He IS a dirty old man though.


26 posted on 11/13/2011 11:58:05 AM PST by the scotsman (I)
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