Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018
ROME

'Semi-coup d'etat toppled me' says Berlusconi

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Rome, February 19 - Ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi on
Tuesday reiterated his contention that he was forced out of
office at the height of the euro crisis in November 2011 by a
conspiracy involving Germany.
"In 2011 there was a semi-coup d'etat," the media magnate
said.
Berlusconi cited two contributing factors: the weakening of
his coalition because of the defection of one-time heir-apparent
Gianfranco Fini; and the German government's "order" to its
country's banks to sell Italian bonds, pushing up the yield
spread to bailout levels.
In the past Berlusconi has claimed German Chancellor Angela
Merkel and former French president Nicolas Sarkozy had a hand in
an alleged plot to replace him with market-friendly ex-European
commissioner Mario Monti.
On Monday he called Merkel, who comes from the former
Communist East Germany, "an East German bureaucrat" whose
economic views were skewed by an alleged preference for a
centralised economy.

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