Berlusconi Meets Italian President To Discuss Resignation

Come gather ’round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you
Is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’.

Reports are that Berlusconi went to speak with President Giorgio Napolitano to discuss his resignation.

Umberto Bossi, his ally from the Lega Nord has asked him to resign. It won’t necessarily happen tomorrow but it does seem that it is truly in the works.

As I sit home in NY, ill with the flu, I can’t help but wonder how people are feeling. I know it must be a confusing time as comments from friends on Facebook point out.

I also know this is a wine blog, but before writing about wine, I was a financial correspondent in Italy, writing about the bond market and politics and thus this is right up my alley.

I have never lost an interest in Italian politics, although I confess that 18 years of Berlusconism have proved too much for even me to bare. I will never forget the headlines that screamed that Berlusconi “E Sceso in Campo” in 1994. I was in graduate school in Bologna.

While I have many liberal friends in Italy, I also lived in Milan for 10 years, a bastion of Berlusconi supporters. I count many of them among my friends. That said, even they are tired of him and his ways and are concerned for their future. It’s time to accept that “The Times They Are A Changin.”


  1. Ciao, Susanna:
    Ci dispiace non ti senti bene..
    I hope you are better soon.
    I appreciate your insights into the intrigues of Berlusconi politics.
    Even in the short time i was in bel paese, il signore B apparently was a bit of an embarrassment to many.
    Another fitting quote from Bob Dylan: “Chaos is a friend of mine.”
    I miglioro auguri e abracci.

    • Dave-
      Thanks for commenting. I’m sure I’ll feel better very soon. Chaos is a friend of mine too. Yes il Cavaliere as he is called has certainly created a stir. It may be too early to write his political epitaph.
      Hope to see you soon,

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