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Candidates for the European Parliament: The Rich, the Odd and the Beautiful - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International

Many have a hard time finding enthusiasm for the European Parliament elections. But they should pay more attention to the colorful array of candidates on offer. From millionaires to machos, blue bloods to bombshells, next week's vote has it all.

Silvio Berlusconi, the media mogul and Italy's prime minister, wanted to line up some "fresh faces" for the 2009 European parliamentary elections. More specifically, he was thinking of showcasing a host of attractive young women, including professional showgirls and a participant on the Italian version of "Big Brother" known throughout the country for her skimpy outfits. As he saw it, these individuals would bring youth and glamour to his center-right People of Freedom (PdL) party. But then Berlusconi's wife, Veronica Lario, got fed up with his flaunting of young femininity and publicly denounced both him and the "shamelessness of power." So, Berlusconi dropped the plan for running with a whole team of young women.

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Fri May 29th, 2009 at 12:39:59 PM EST
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