Media mogul Silvio Berlusconi jumped into politics a quarter-century ago vowing to save Italy from the communists. Now he’s waging a crusade to keep Italian populists out of the government.
The 81-year-old cannot seek his fourth premiership or even run for a seat in Parliament in Italy’s March 4 election due to a tax fraud conviction.
But he won’t let himself be stopped by that – nor by years of sex scandals or a long list of criminal trials. Berlusconi is out to foil the 5-Star Movement in its goal to enter national government for the first time. He’s wooing Italians to vote instead for his center-right Forza Italia party, which he created in the early 1990s with the aim of keeping Italy’s communists from gaining power.Jeremy Corbyn facing growing calls to ‘come off the fence’ on Brexit