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We're on the verge of a constitutional crisis this evening in Italy. Berlusconi is trying to force an unconstitutional law beyond the President of the Republic- actually two laws- but tonight the shit has hit the fan and caked the walls over the Englaro case.

Eluana Englaro has been in an irreversible coma for 18 years. Her father took her case through the Italian Supreme Court which ruled that artificial nutrition should be ceased. The Vatican and the Berlusconi government have gone beyond lawful means to prevent and intimidate the Englaro family and clinics from carrying out the ruling.

The President of the Republic informed the government that any attempt to pass a decree to block the decision is unconstitutional and that he would not co-sign it. Berlusconi's government ignored the President's letter and have gone ahead. The President this afternoon refused to sign the decree. The government has called an emergency reunion this evening to evaluate what actions to take.

I do not consider the Englaro case of particular concern to Berlusconi beyond paying back the Vatican. Berlusconi's intent is to force emergencies onto the state and the civic body for his own ends.

Sit-ins are planned tomorrow but as far as I'm concerned people should take to the streets this evening. Once again Berlusconi is going too far.

Berlusconi remarked this afternoon that Eluana is a living human being. He added that she could have children. Apparently his sexual fantasies have extended to women in vegetative states. Most states have laws against that sort of behavior. Perhaps he would like to send one of his hunk soldiers to perform the job.

After all he recently contended that he would put millions of soldiers on the streets because Italian women are just too attractive for the normal male. Apparently he feels women pop their rocks over men in uniform.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Fri Feb 6th, 2009 at 01:45:43 PM EST
People are converging on Palazzo Chigi where the government is in reunion. Apparently nearly a thousand people with traffic being blocked in the area. Several political leaders accuse the government of engineering a fascist-like attack on the state under the pretext of the Englaro case. I imagine that all the chaos is being created to slip through Berlusconi's far more devastating law against the judiciary branch which was also passed this evening by his government.

The Vatican deplores the tension and insists that a murder is being perpetrated.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Fri Feb 6th, 2009 at 02:13:17 PM EST
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The drift to an authoritarian regime...
I shouldn't laugh; similar things could happen here later this year with our own French Berlusconi (who openly predicted increased social unrest).
by Bernard (bernard) on Fri Feb 6th, 2009 at 03:27:50 PM EST
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The Vatican has expressed delusion for President Napolitano's choice not to sign the government's emergency decree to block a Supreme Court decision.

The government has decided to proceed by proposing a bill in the Senate. The government is seeking to have an emergency session and is confident that they can pass a law within "three days"- not at all unconceivable since the parliament no longer exists. The government has an ample majority in both the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies, a majority that owes its allegiance entirely to being appointed to office by Berlusconi rather than being directly elected.

The extra-European entity, the Vatican, will see their prayers answered.

Crowds opposed to the Berlusconi-Vatican initiatives have gathered in Milan, Turin and Rome this evening. The tam-tam on the internet this evening points to numerous demonstrations in the days to come.

The case has hit most major European news sites- BBC, CNN, El Pais, France 24...  

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Fri Feb 6th, 2009 at 04:06:13 PM EST
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humorous but, is Italy going or already Fascist?  What is the state of Italian democracy?  This doesn't sound good.  Did the US dodge the Bush bullet only to have it arise in Europe?

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Sat Feb 7th, 2009 at 06:44:08 AM EST
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Berlusconi has been off-and-on in power for fourteen years.Before that he only corrupted politicians and bribed judges.Anyway it's a long standing problem.
by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Sat Feb 7th, 2009 at 04:33:15 PM EST
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