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Silvio Berlusconi: In Irons

In Irons – Ruben L. Oppenheimer
NRC Handelsblad (Amsterdam)

Bye Bye, Silvio...

With Silvio Berlusconi’s seven year jail sentence and a lifetime ban on holding public office after he was convicted on charges of having sex with an underage prostitute and abuse of power by a Milan court, "the curtain falls on Il Cavaliere," writes La Stampa the day after the verdict.

For the Turin daily, "it is the end of the political career" of the former prime minister, and with him, the end of "the Second Republic", born after the ruling parties were swept from power following a series of anti-corruption investigations in the early 1990s. “The former prime minister was a symbolic figure" in these probes, adds the newspaper.