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I am going to have to look up the articles and comments made at the time. I remember I was in Wyoming at the time and could not participate in the festa of Berlusconi's demise.

However, this meme of some sort of putsch was proposed immediately by a foreign reporter who had not been on the ground here in Italy long enough (some cute green kid who had already written trite articles before). And it was characterized as a European ouster that did concern the famous letter.

This completely misses the point since Berlusconi was already politically dead for all of the corruption scandals and his criminally relevant sexual escapades. By dead, I mean simple parliamentary numbers. His coalition had collapsed and was under no condition to pass legislation. There were purges, followed by intense smear campaigns against his ex-allies and there were defections on a daily basis. His government was paralyzed by infighting and all that was needed was a vote of confidence to take him out. His closest collaborators, emboldened by popular mandate, ran a system of capillary corruption only to find themselves all under investigation for numerous serious crimes. Given his personality, he chose to resign rather than affront parliament.

As for the letter in July, it must be put in context. Berlusconi's government and his parliamentary coalition were in disarray already for quite sometime, incapable of making important political decisions or even carry on daily business. Further his minister of economy, Giulio Tremonti, was totally inadequate for his role. Considering that the state was drifting about without a rudder for some time, the letter was perfectly normal, however blunt and irritual it was.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Wed Jul 8th, 2015 at 01:31:11 PM EST
Fair enough. I really do not want to defend Berlusconi.

But what about Monti? How did he get a majority in Parliament?

by rz on Wed Jul 8th, 2015 at 02:01:53 PM EST
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By institutional routine and praxis. Consult parties, put together a program, choose a team that satisifies coalition member arithematic, present yourself in parliament and get a majority vote. The only provision to be nominated Council president is that the president of the republic nominates you. he can nominate anybody- so long as they are Italian and over 26 years of age. Council Presidents are never elected nor do they have to be elected. That went out with Mussolini. Berlusconi would exploit it in elections and made it part of one of his electoral reforms, but it was only political propaganda that was in no ways legally binding. Italians have never legally voted for a Council President.
by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Wed Jul 8th, 2015 at 03:20:34 PM EST
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Even if you accept that a hung parliament is a valid excuse for ruling by decree (and I'm not personally a fan of that proposition), there are still two noteworthy things about the letter:

First, quite literally every single bit of subject matter in that letter lies well beyond the scope of any imaginable mandate its authors might conceivably be imputed by even the most generous observer.

And second, it's all hair-raising quackery. Like prescribing a heart transplant to a patient suffering from degraded kidney function. Using a heart from someone who died of AIDS.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed Jul 8th, 2015 at 03:25:02 PM EST
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Yes, exactly!

I approve of the fact that Berlusconi had to go. this does not absolve the ECB of pushing policies on Itlay (and Spain for that matter) which created a total economic disaster.

by rz on Wed Jul 8th, 2015 at 03:35:06 PM EST
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