From Brash to Bawdy: Berlusconi's Most Revealing Gaffes
Europe is watching as Italians head to the polls this weekend to choose their next leader. All eyes will be on Silvio Berlusconi, a man who nearly drove his country to ruin and now has the prospect of getting re-elected. SPIEGEL ONLINE has collected some of the billionaire politician's most colorful quotes.
Italian media tycoon and three-time former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is known for his bravado. The 76-year-old conservative politician is also notorious for his involvement in multiple sex and corruption scandals that contributed to pressure on the ex-leader to step down as prime minister in November 2011.
"Il Cavaliere," or "the knight," has never been shy about his opinions, many of which have not been considered particularly diplomatic -- or appropriate -- for a high-level politician. But that doesn't mean they aren't amusing. Click on the photo gallery above for a look back at the best of Berlusconi's remarks over the years.
Stay informed with our free news services:
ę SPIEGEL ONLINE 2013
All Rights Reserved
Reproduction only allowed with the permission of SPIEGELnet GmbH
Corriere della Sera
MORE FROM SPIEGEL INTERNATIONAL
German PoliticsMerkel's Moves: Power Struggles in Berlin
World War IITruth and Reconciliation: Why the War Still Haunts Europe
EnergyGreen Power: The Future of Energy
European UnionUnited Europe: A Continental Project
Climate ChangeGlobal Warming: Curbing Carbon Before It's Too Late