Few Italian politicians are so famous abroad as Silvio Berlusconi. Amassing a fortune as businessman through investments in constructions and media, Mr. Berlusconi entered politics in 1993 forming a center-right party, Forza Italia. That occurred soon after a series of scandals – the Tangentopoli (“Bribesville”) – had undermined the prestige of Italian political class: a series of trials at the time had found several politicians and businessmen guilty of corruption and bribery.
Establishing Forza Italia, Mr. Berlusconi articulated his desire of transforming Italian politics and appealed to the widespread solicitations for a moral renovation. But the attempt might have proved harder than expected.
Twenty years later, a court in Naples has found him guilty of the very same crime: he has been condemned for paying € 3 m in 2006 to Senator Sergio De Gregorio, in order to destabilize the government of Romano Prodi.
The Cavaliere, though, doesn’t give up. Firstly, he won’t serve his sentence as the status of limitations is due to expire later this year. Secondly, he has plans for political rejuvenation. As reported in Italian newspaper Repubblica, early this month Mr. Berlusconi declared his aspiration to create a new political movement bringing common people and youth to politics in a project named L’ Altra Italia (“The Other Italy”).