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Thanks to de Gondi for an excellent panorama of recent political movement here in Italy.   It's less important, but perhaps more amusing, to note that Berlusca's campaign against his erstwhile ally Gian Franco Fini (the "respectable" Fascist) may have been set off by a poll which reported Fini to be more popular than Berlusca. Certainly Berlusca's visit to Storace's inaugural party congress was a direct slap at Fini, but even more biting was the lengthy "TV profile" broadcast by "Striscia la Notizia", a satirical TV program transmitted by one of Berlusca's many TV networks.   The profile involved some old footage of Fini's pregnant mistress Elisabetta Tulliani with one of her previous lovers, a Perugia magnate and football club owner, complete with sarcastic commentary. The couple managed to excel the previous record holders for fatuous couplings, film tycoon Vittorio Cecchi Gori and starlet Valeria Marini. For photos  and commentary see
http://www.tgcom.mediaset.it/gossip/articoli/articolo387256.shtml

Hannah K. O'Luthon
by Hannah K OLuthon on Tue Nov 20th, 2007 at 10:43:40 AM EST

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