Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
Even though I have lived in Italy for 20 years now, I still have trouble understanding these stories through the newspapers, so thank you for explaining this so clearly. In particular I now understand better why Berluska doesn't want to be a witness. Although I guess that if he lied  under oath, he would just become defendant in yet another infinite trail, so what's the difference?

I don't really expect you to be able to explain the unexplainable, but still I have one really big question: why does Lega Nord stay with him??? It should be clear that they won't get anything out of the government except for a bit of token harassment of gypsies. The "federalismo" doesn't seem to be going anywhere. Lega Nord has already been punished at the last local elections. Even Calderoli noticed, and he doesn't give the impression of being the sharpest tool in the box.

Real capricorns don't believe in astrology.

by tomhuld (thomas punkt huld at jrc punkt it) on Sat Sep 17th, 2011 at 12:31:18 PM EST
We don't really understand either; and we don't live in the country :)
Welcome to ET, by the way!
by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Sep 17th, 2011 at 02:34:37 PM EST
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Welcome back – he is not a new user, but lurked for a long time!

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Sep 17th, 2011 at 02:45:21 PM EST
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Politics anywhere is a rule of numbers. The Lega base is in revolt but the revolt is against Berlusconi more than Bossi. The party is based on a cult of the personality and Bossi has neither the health nor the lucidity to continue as a leader. But without him the Lega Nord is likely to implode unless another charismatic imposture is acclaimed leader.

The Lega Nord doubled its votes in the last general elections in 2008 and had this bargaining chip to become disproportionately represented in the Berlusconi government and parliamentary institutions. There's no way the Lega Nord is going to give that up on principals, a mere epiphenomena evoked by any party to lull the faithful.

I think it's just cold calculation. This is the Lega's high point. They'll never again have the clout they now enjoy. With that in mind and the prospects of certain defeat and emargination in the next elections, they might as well get as much as they can out of the present in terms of political dividends and just plain, good old money.


by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Sat Sep 17th, 2011 at 04:17:17 PM EST
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