12 Jun 2023

Silvio Berlusconi: Former Italian Prime Minister dies aged 86

Foreign Affairs Correspondent

Silvio Berlusconi spent his life dividing opinion – in Italy and the rest of the world.

But both supporters and critics of the four-time Prime Minister can agree that his was a career unlike anything seen before.

A billionaire media-mogul turned politician, Berlusconi – who’s died at the age of 86 – seemed to foreshadow the teflon-coated right-wing populism of Donald Trump, surviving numerous scandals over sex-fuelled bunga bunga parties and allegations of corruption.

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