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Bunga bunga and bling aside, Berlusconi’s legacy is a loss of faith in Italy’s political elite

By Jon Henley

12 Jun 2023 · 3 min read

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  1. Silvio Berlusconi, Italy's longest-serving postwar prime minister, has died at the age of 86.

Best known for his perma-tan, gaffes, “bunga bunga” parties and outsized ego, Silvio Berlusconi was a proto-Trumpian populist, the man to beat in Rome for more than two decades, and one of European politics’ most controversial figures.

Italy’s longest-serving postwar prime minister, Berlusconi, who has died aged 86 according to Italian media, held the job on three occasions, amassing along the way a fortune ranked by Forbes magazine last year as the country’s fourth-biggest.

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