Austerity versus populism

Austerity versus populism


Silvio Berlusconi wants to buy the Italian premiership. The multi-millionaire media baron and former prime minister - mired in scandal, yet still attempting an against-all-odds political comeback - has now cast himself as the anti-austerity candidate; the friend of the working family. 

In the final days of canvassing, and attendant media reporting (which stopped on 22 February, ahead of elections on 24-25 February), Berlusconi has promised a tax rebate; in a letter sent throughout It...


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