5. Italy’s Scandal-Plagued Berlusconi Returns to Politics
The delicate line politicians that seeking to solve their countries’ debt burdens must walk has been apparent in Italy. In December, the technocrat Mario Monti resigned as prime minister after the conservative Party of Freedom led by former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi withdrew its support from the coalition government.
Even with scandals involving underage prostitutes and allegations of corruption still clinging to him, Berlusconi has announced he will run again for political office. Monti has yet to indicate whether he will run against him, leading to rising uncertainty about what lies ahead for Italy, whose economy is the third-largest in the euro zone.
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