Mercoledì, 26 Settembre 2018
ROME

The Economist urges Berlusconi to leave

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Rome, August 9 - For the good of Italy and its
struggling economy, Silvio Berlusconi should leave the political
stage and clear out of the way of Premier Enrico Letta, The
Economist weekly said Friday.
In its most recent edition, the British magazine - which
has long been a critic of the three-time premier - said that
Letta has done an adequate job in his first 100 days in office
and should be allowed to do more.
Berlusconi's conviction for tax fraud, upheld last week by
Italy's top appeals court, is the final nail in his coffin, The
Economist suggested in a column titled 'Farewell Silvio'.
"After being convicted of a crime, it is time for Silvio
Berlusconi to retire from the national scene," the article said.
And it gave an "adequate" grade to Letta, who was named
premier of a coalition government by President Giorgio
Napolitano in April after inconclusive February elections
produced two months of parliamentary gridlock.
Letta should be allowed now to continue to govern and try
to bolster Italy's recession-hit economy, "for the good of Italy
and for the whole Eurozone".
Under Berlusconi's watch, Italians have lost confidence in
politics and public institutions and that must be changed, the
magazine said.
Such opposition to Berlusconi, founder of the centre-right
People of Freedom (PdL) party, is nothing new for The Economist,
which had previously suggested Berlusconi was "unfit to rule".

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