In the longest interview since the collapse of his government, Silvio Berlusconi admitted defeat, but indirectly. "It is my fault because I was unable to persuade 51 percent of Italians to give me their vote. It is the fault of Italians for dividing their vote, spreading it among many little parties."
The interview for "The Atlantic" does not bring anything new. The former prime minister did not admit to faulty economic policies at the time of his cabinet. What's more, he maintains his view that the Italians were living well (the restaurants are full) and the country was rich – same argument he brought in November 2011 at the G20 summit. But if he did everything right, what went wrong?
The chain of failures visibly started when Berlusconi lost the local elections in May last year. The previous center-right mayors representing most major cities in Italy had to give way to center-left candidates. The symbol of the electoral defeat of Berlusconi and his People of Freedom Party became Milan, his hometown and a longtime bastion of the Italian Prime Minister and his power.
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