“Hero of freedom” who “put an end to the cold war”, “example for all Italians”: ten days before the presidential election in which he is a candidate, Silvio Berlusconi offered himself a dithyrambic page on Thursday to his glory in Il Giornale.

“Who is Silvio Berlusconi”, questions the national daily on Thursday, with, on a black background, a profile photo of the 85-year-old former head of government, looking away smiling with the logo of his party Forza Italia (center- right).

“The most competent Italian in international politics”

Below, the diary lists 25 qualities of Silvio Berlusconi. A “good and generous” man, “friend of all, enemy of no one”, “a self-made man, an example for all Italians”, but also “the most appreciated and applauded Western leader (8 minutes) in the ‘history of the American Congress,’ the newspaper lists. He also argues that the billionaire, sentenced in 2013 to one year in prison and six years of ineligibility for tax evasion, is “among the first Italian taxpayers”.

Boasting “the most competent Italian in international politics”, “listened to and appreciated, influential and human”, the advertising page goes crescendo until evoking a “hero of freedom”, “the president of the Council who put an end to the Cold War “. Berlusconi once credited himself with ending the Cold War in 2002 by convincing Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart George W. Bush to usher in a new era of cooperation during a NATO summit at the Italian military base of Pratica di Mare, near Rome.

A newspaper owned by the Berlusconi family

Faced with so many arguments to his glory, the newspaper concludes: “Who else but him? “. Officially, the initiative for this ad is due to a circle of Forza Italia activists over 65 years old, Forza Seniores. But the right-wing daily Il Giornale belongs to… the Berlusconi family.

Despite his recent health problems and his legal setbacks – he is currently involved in two trials where he is accused of having paid witnesses to lie about his “Bunga Bunga” parties – Silvio Berlusconi, eternal return of Italian politics , dreams of winning the presidential election on January 24. While the mystery still hangs over the possible candidacy of Prime Minister Mario Draghi, given favorite, Silvio Berlusconi wanted the latter to remain in his post rather than enter the Quirinal.

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