Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi turned 75 yesterday. The AC Milan soccer team sent greetings to the embattled billionaire — he owns the franchise — but he got brickbats from most Italians. His biggest gift was a new sex scandal: former Miss Montenegro Katarina Knezevic says she had an affair with him.
We don’t know if Mr. Berlusconi had a bunga bunga birthday party, but there’s news about his political party. Fashion exec Santo Versace has left the premier’s Popolo della Libertà (People of Freedom) party.
“Happy Birthday Silvio! His Circus-Like Reign Crumbling, Berlusconi Hits 75,” Andrea Bachstein, Süddeutsche Zeitung via Worldcrunch
“No happy birthday for beleaguered Berlusconi,” Paddy Agnew, Irish Times
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