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EU commissioner deplores Berlusconi's defence of Mussolini

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Brussels, January 28 - European Union Commissioner
for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmstrom on Monday said Silvio
Berlusconi's defence of Benito Mussolini "nurtured hate" and
called on political leaders to oppose his comments.
"In European politics, in parliaments across Europe and
even in some governments there are parties and voices that
nurture this kind of hate," she said when asked about his
comments Sunday at a ceremony in Milan for Holocaust Memorial
Day.
"For this reason it is necessary that all political leaders
take a stance against it".
Berlusconi, who is leading the centre right's campaign for
next month's Italian election, said the 1938 anti-Jewish racial
laws were the "worst fault" of the Fascist dictator, adding that
in many other ways he "did well".
The three-time Italian premier also said Mussolini had no
alternative but to enter the Second World War because otherwise
Germany would have dominated Europe, an assertion many
historians dispute.
Berlusconi also dozed during Sunday's ceremony.

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