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Death of Silvio Berlusconi: the “Cavaliere”, a sulphurous politician

Death of Silvio Berlusconi: the "Cavaliere", a sulphurous politician

On November 12, 2011, to boos from demonstrators gathered in Rome (Italy), Silvio Berlusconi left power. Political crisis, economic crisis and sex scandals got the better of the President of the Council’s third term. Nicknamed the “Cavaliere” for his ability to conquer new territories, Silvio Berlusconi entered politics in 1994 with his Forza Italia party. At that time, the 57-year-old Milanese was a billionaire entrepreneur, TV mogul and owner of AC Milan.

Outspokenness and populist positions

Elected Prime Minister, he outdated a declining ruling class with his outspokenness and populist stances. But his critics say he is mostly motivated by the need to protect his interests. For his part, Silvio Berlusconi maintains that he wants to improve the lives of citizens and restore the pride of the Italian nation. But over the course of his mandates, his opponents will see in him the precursor of contemporary populism, well before Donald Trump or Boris Johnson.

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