European "Democracy" Full Frontal - EU Parliament Head Tells Italians Not To Vote For Silvio

Tyler Durden's picture

To say that Germany does not love Silvio Berlusconi would be an understatement. But not even we thought European "democracy" would stoop so low as to tell Italians not to bring Bunga back or else. As Reuters reports, the German president of the European Parliament, once compared to a Nazi concentration camp guard by former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, warned Italians on Thursday not to back the scandal-ridden media tycoon at the ballot box. Martin Schulz is the latest in a line of German politicians to express fears about a possible Berlusconi comeback largely due to worries he will halt Rome's reform drive that has helped to lift investor confidence in the euro zone. "Silvio Berlusconi has already sent Italy into a tailspin with irresponsible behavior in government and personal escapades," Schulz was quoted as saying in German daily Bild.

Ironically, as today's PMI data confirm, it is somewhat hypocritical of Germany to accuse Italy of anything since in the Zero-Sum mercantilist union, it is only Germany, now that France has careened off the cliff, that benefits from everyone else's misfortune. The irony is that Germany should be rooting for Silvio - after all they need that EURUSD some 1000 pips lower to boost German exports, and when all hell breaks loose with Italian bond spread, Germany will simply inject another €500 billion in current account liquidity via Target2 (even if it means crushing PIMCO and their long Italy bond position). To pretend that anything in Europe at this moment is about solidarity is hypocrisy of the nth degree.

Anyway, back to the Europe where any trace of a majority popular opinion must be promptly crushed as in any true totalitarian despotism.

In quotes not printed in the paper but sent in an advance copy of the report, Schulz went on to urge Italians to vote for continued reforms.


"Much is at stake in the forthcoming elections, including making sure that the confidence built up by (Prime Minister) Mario Monti is not lost. I am very confident that Italian voters will make the right choice for their country."


There is bad blood between Berlusconi and Schulz, a Social Democrat.


In 2003, the then Italian prime minister said he would like to suggest Schulz, who had criticized his policies, for the role of a Kapo in a film on Nazi concentration camps. A Kapo was a camp inmate given privileges for supervising prison work gangs.


Berlusconi later brushed off the comment, saying he was being ironic and had referred to a television comedy series.


Merkel herself, who has supported Monti's austerity drive and has a difficult relationship with Berlusconi, has kept mum on who she would like to see lead the euro zone's third biggest economy .


Monti risked embarrassing her this week by saying Merkel did not want the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) to win, following Berlusconi's remark that Monti would join forces with the PD after the election "with Merkel's blessing".

Something tells us a German telling Italians to vote for a pro-Goldman Sachs endorsed regime in this case embodied in a vote again one person, may have just sealed the outcome of this weekend's Italian election. And not in a way that will make Goldman Sachs, or ze Germans, happy.

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the not so mighty maximiza's picture

He is a stud that does young girls, he is going to win.

schatzi's picture

Yep, a German telling Italians how to vote is really going to work.

The Thunder Child's picture

That's the strategy, reverse psychology.

Atomizer's picture

This is just like watching Jim Cramer giving us stock picks.

knukles's picture

Or Joe Kernan being sexy.


See, I toldja.  It just don't work, now, do it?

Professor Fate's picture

I always love it when politicians say "I am very confident" which roughly tranlsates into "There's not a shit's chance in a pay toilet".

Fate the Magnificent

"Push the Button, Max"

JustObserving's picture

You are completely free to do what we want - the new European democracy.

azzhatter's picture

Anything Schultz say should be an incentive to do the opposite

Mister Ponzi's picture

Absolutely. Berlusconi said a lot of stupid things but when he offered the role of the Capo to Martin Schulz he was spot on.

q99x2's picture

I hope the commedian wins. I almost voted for Rosanne Barr here but thought Gary Johnson was funnier.

firstdivision's picture

Remember last time Italians sided with the German's?

Time to bunga-bunga Schulz's anus. 

buzzsaw99's picture

Germany will get their fourth reich.

GetZeeGold's picture



Heil Angela.....kinda catchy.

MillionDollarBoner_'s picture

We are all a part of Greater Germany...

Atomizer's picture

Democracy at its finest hour.

sudzee's picture

Silvio needs a chance at payback for being thrown under a bus by who he thought were his Euro buddies.


ArgentoFisico's picture

Silvio needs to get some rest.. some ETERNAL rest. The fucker's 77!

Super Broccoli's picture

isn't that the best way for him to be elected ? everyone hates the european parliament !!!

Winston Churchill's picture

Schultz just pissed in his own gaspazzio.


ekm's picture

Big Juventus fan here, but Silvio is the man for Italy.

Hence, I do not like AC Milan that much, but I like Silvio (I'm not italian).


Forza Silvio.

dariomilano's picture

se lo vuoi te lo regaliamo volentieri (non so dove abiti) noi ci teniamo stretto il Beppe :D

ekm's picture


I'm fluent in Italian. let's make this in English.

Beppe is ok as long as he's in opposition.

ArgentoFisico's picture

Anyone else is ok as long as they stay in opposition

ArgentoFisico's picture

Silvio "Banana" Berlusconi è l'uomo giusto per lo Zimbabwe!

ekm's picture

He did a lot of good things for Italy that nobody is talking about, like loosening labor laws.

ArgentoFisico's picture

He did a lot of things .. like look for his own ass for 20 years. nothing more, nothing less

skydrake's picture

In this last mandate he always raised taxes, non only once he lowered a tax. 

Now he is complaining that taxes are too high.

yrbmegr's picture

Europe is slowly sliding into an abyss.  It is not clear how deep that abyss is at this point.  Cracks between France and Germany are growing unbridgable.

Yellowhoard's picture

Berlusconi thinks that Musolini was super awesome except for all of the Jew killin and such.

Looks like the P2 is about to make the big move.

ekm's picture

He does not think that.

He said some similarly stupid stuff which was not stupid at all.

He's trying to get the far right vote for him by saying some good words about Mussolini, that's it.

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

There are a lot of Italians who hold Mussolini in high regard to this day. Apparently Mussolini did a lot of land "redistribution", and those families who were on the receiving end have not forgotten what he did for them.

ArgentoFisico's picture

Berlusconi does not exist: it's on hologram, man

NoWayJose's picture

In Italy, bribes, mistresses, and personal escapades are looked at as favorable attributes.

toys for tits's picture



In Washington DC as well,

Marion Barry anyone?

"First, it was not a strip bar, it was an erotic club. And second, what can I say? I'm a night owl."

moriarty's picture

"Something tells us a German telling Italians to vote for a pro-Goldman Sachs endorsed regime in this case embodied in a vote again one person, may have just sealed the outcome of this weekend's Italian election. And not in a way that will make Goldman Sachs, or ze Germans, happy".

Let hope so, looking forward to the show

Navymugsy's picture

I'm glad he's coming back as Mr. Banzai was running out of reasons to say "bunga-bunga".

shovelhead's picture


"Order the calamari...or else."

orangedrinkandchips's picture

We all learned the hard way that the NAZI party doesnt play games.....


so....comparing every German politician to the 3rd Riech is absurd for starters, but I know he is the only courageous person to speak out loud and say STOP PLAYING THESE FUCKING GAMES....but fuck.....elect him and see what happens....I could never tell my kids NOT to touch that hot stove....they just had to see for themselves!



MillionDollarBoner_'s picture

Silvio Berlusconi - love him or hate him, he's good value on the entertainment front:

Berlusconi defends bribery as "necessary"

Lots more here, folks !:O)

Bunga Bunga's picture

If everyone is corrupt, only the honest corrupt wins the hearts.

ptoemmes's picture

I'd say Silvio is now a shoe-in - landslide.  

At the moment the InTrade line does not seem to think so, but it's still early:

Haus-Targaryen's picture

I sure hope Berlosconi wins.  That would be so awesome to watch him stroll back into the next crisis-summit like "I'm back motha-faakers"

ArgentoFisico's picture

Yes, he's a real laugh the old fart  .. if you're not italian

NoWayJose's picture

What? Isn't it interesting when a country in trouble looks back more favorably at past leaders instead of current ones? Bush in 2016!

aleph0's picture

As much as I despise all these bEUrocrats , at least they provide the best Comedey Series ... since Hogans Heroes .

BTW .. didn't Berlusconi say he's leave the Euro ? .... or was it the complete "EU" !

lizzy36's picture

Democracy is BAD for capital markets.

Don't people understand that we are to trust appointed technocrats to do the right thing.

Now the right thing for whom is the question but technocrats don't like questions.

mdtrader's picture

You are free to do what we tell you. You are free to do what we tell you!