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

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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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Thu, 02/21/2013 - 09:12 | 3262718 the not so migh...
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He is a stud that does young girls, he is going to win.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 09:13 | 3262719 schatzi
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Yep, a German telling Italians how to vote is really going to work.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 09:15 | 3262723 The Thunder Child
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That's the strategy, reverse psychology.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 09:20 | 3262744 Atomizer
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This is just like watching Jim Cramer giving us stock picks.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 09:38 | 3262805 knukles
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Or Joe Kernan being sexy.


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

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 09:13 | 3262720 Professor Fate
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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"

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 09:15 | 3262724 JustObserving
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You are completely free to do what we want - the new European democracy.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 09:15 | 3262725 azzhatter
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Anything Schultz say should be an incentive to do the opposite

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 09:45 | 3262829 Mister Ponzi
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Absolutely. Berlusconi said a lot of stupid things but when he offered the role of the Capo to Martin Schulz he was spot on.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 09:17 | 3262730 q99x2
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I hope the commedian wins. I almost voted for Rosanne Barr here but thought Gary Johnson was funnier.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 09:18 | 3262731 firstdivision
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Remember last time Italians sided with the German's?

Time to bunga-bunga Schulz's anus. 

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 09:17 | 3262732 buzzsaw99
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Germany will get their fourth reich.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 09:34 | 3262787 GetZeeGold
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Heil Angela.....kinda catchy.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 09:34 | 3262788 MillionDollarBoner_
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We are all a part of Greater Germany...

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 09:18 | 3262734 Atomizer
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Democracy at its finest hour.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 09:21 | 3262740 sudzee
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Silvio needs a chance at payback for being thrown under a bus by who he thought were his Euro buddies.


Thu, 02/21/2013 - 09:59 | 3262883 ArgentoFisico
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Silvio needs to get some rest.. some ETERNAL rest. The fucker's 77!

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 09:20 | 3262743 Super Broccoli
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isn't that the best way for him to be elected ? everyone hates the european parliament !!!

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 09:24 | 3262752 Winston Churchill
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Schultz just pissed in his own gaspazzio.


Thu, 02/21/2013 - 09:24 | 3262756 ekm
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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.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 09:49 | 3262843 dariomilano
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se lo vuoi te lo regaliamo volentieri (non so dove abiti) noi ci teniamo stretto il Beppe :D

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 10:03 | 3262917 ekm
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I'm fluent in Italian. let's make this in English.

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

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 10:11 | 3262969 ArgentoFisico
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Anyone else is ok as long as they stay in opposition

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 10:00 | 3262890 ArgentoFisico
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Silvio "Banana" Berlusconi è l'uomo giusto per lo Zimbabwe!

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 10:04 | 3262925 ekm
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He did a lot of good things for Italy that nobody is talking about, like loosening labor laws.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 10:10 | 3262961 ArgentoFisico
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You sure?

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 10:11 | 3262967 ArgentoFisico
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He did a lot of things .. like look for his own ass for 20 years. nothing more, nothing less

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 13:19 | 3263818 skydrake
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In this last mandate he always raised taxes, non only once he lowered a tax. 

Now he is complaining that taxes are too high.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 09:27 | 3262764 yrbmegr
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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.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 10:05 | 3262927 ArgentoFisico
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US instead ...

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 09:29 | 3262765 Yellowhoard
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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.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 09:29 | 3262769 ekm
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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.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 09:57 | 3262873 Buckaroo Banzai
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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.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 10:01 | 3262898 ArgentoFisico
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Berlusconi does not exist: it's on hologram, man

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 09:31 | 3262776 NoWayJose
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In Italy, bribes, mistresses, and personal escapades are looked at as favorable attributes.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 10:07 | 3262948 toys for tits
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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."

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 09:34 | 3262791 moriarty
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"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

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 09:35 | 3262793 Navymugsy
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I'm glad he's coming back as Mr. Banzai was running out of reasons to say "bunga-bunga".

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 09:38 | 3262802 shovelhead
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"Order the calamari...or else."

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 09:38 | 3262803 orangedrinkandchips
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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!



Thu, 02/21/2013 - 09:40 | 3262808 Headbanger
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Hitler's opinion of Silvio video:


Thu, 02/21/2013 - 09:40 | 3262809 MillionDollarBoner_
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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)

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 15:46 | 3264377 Bunga Bunga
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If everyone is corrupt, only the honest corrupt wins the hearts.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 09:40 | 3262810 ptoemmes
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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:

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 09:42 | 3262815 Haus-Targaryen
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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"

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 10:03 | 3262913 ArgentoFisico
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Yes, he's a real laugh the old fart  .. if you're not italian

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 09:42 | 3262816 NoWayJose
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What? Isn't it interesting when a country in trouble looks back more favorably at past leaders instead of current ones? Bush in 2016!

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 09:44 | 3262818 aleph0
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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" !

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 09:43 | 3262819 lizzy36
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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.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 09:44 | 3262826 mdtrader
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