Valentine's Day Love Sickness: Sick of Berlusconi’s Love Life
A nation of Italian lovers shows little love for their Lothario Leader this Valentine’s Day
The Italian prime minister Berlusconi is feeling unloved this Valentines: He claimed in an interview he was the target of an attempt to oust him by undemocratic means. And, it would seem, by women no less.
Following the wave of protests in the Middle East and particularly North Africa, demonstrations, largely female led, were held on Sunday and Monday 14 February in 257 Italian and foreign cities, including London and New York, in defense of the dignity of Italy's women.
The urgency was clear: If Not Now, When? The slogan for the rallies comes from the title of Primo Levi's novel of wartime resistance.
His crime? A judge in Milan is expected to rule next week on an application from prosecutors for the prime minister's indictment on charges of paying a juvenile prostitute Moroccan runaway, 17 year-old Karima el-Mahroug, and abusing his official position to cover up what he had allegedly done.
Italy is following the Arab world’s protesting trend, which is all the more ironic considering that many North African Arabs are fleeing their nations in favor of mooring up at the Italian’s doorstep. From Tunisia in recent days, and illegal trafficking of migrants from Libya has been an ongoing issue.