Italy: Berlusconi a threath for European democracy

 
This is mainly the story of only one week before the Italian elections(I was in Italy).
Everything can be checked on the internet or press(written and TV) and most of the statements are statements of Berlusconi himself.
Just to give you a clear view of what we get in the european parliament...

In European press they talk mostly about the centrum right or conservative coalition of Silvio Berlusconi.
How would you call a coalition of neo-fascists ( Alleanza Nazionale with Alessandra Mussolini, and yes , near family from…), the separatist and xenophobe Lega Nord (a week before the election, they threatened once again to take up arms and use violence), and the populist block of ruler Berlusconi(a party that even didn’t exist a few months before the election and of which the program and even the hymn is totally Silvio’s own! )

Under the previous government of Berlusconi, politicians like Prodi, judges and journalists were tapped and followed closely in their private and public lives by the Italian secret service.
Not only the Berlusconi TV channels but also the national RAI got daily instructions
about the news information (and even about the programmation!) they had to bring.
Intimidation of judges was and is still going on.
Attacks on the juridical system happen every day.
A few days before the elections, Berlusconi ‘remembered’ one of his previous plans: submit judges at regular times to psychiatric examinations.
I think that the message was clear.

Previous remarks about famous and everywhere respected journalists, like the late Enzo Biagi, resulted in the removal of these journalists from the RAI.
Even dead you are not safe:
A few days before the elections, Silvio claims that Enzo left the RAI out of free will
and that he did it for the money.
Is it surprising that the number of critical journalist left in Italy can be counted on two hands?
How can you have an independent newspaper if the whole publicity market is mainly in the hands of one man?

A few days before the elections, Silvio’s right hand and co founder of Forza Italia comes with another plan.
Senator Dell’Utri( involved in numerous scandals and several times convicted) thinks that the history books about the role of the resistance in the second world war have to be changed.
Is it a coincidence that Berlusconi, even as prime minister, always has refused to be present on the national feast of the liberation, the 25 of April?
Will he be present this year to represent his people?

Dell’Utri is getting the taste of it and comes with another statement(confirmed the following day by Berlusconi).
He defines a ‘real’ hero: Vittorio Mangano, part of the mafia, a curriculum that you don’t want to see.
Vittorio worked several years for Berlusconi as ‘horsekeeper’ at his villa(although it seems that there were even no horses…)
This man has been defined by the blown-up judge Borsellino as the mafia link to North Italy.
Dell’Utri says literally that ‘Mangano was a hero because he never confessed under pressure compromising things about Berlusconi or Dell’Utri ’.
All this, when a few days before, Berlusconi’s opponent makes an very impressing tour in South Italy where he swears to fight the mafia hard.
Is this intimidation?
I think the message was clear in South Italy.

Berlusconi now gets enthusiastic and mentions, ‘by the way’, that in case of victory, president Napolitano(which is regarded by all parties as neutral), will have to resign for a candidate of his coalition.
Is this intimidation or coincidence?

The controlled Italian media has contributed for years to the selection ‘victory’ of Silvio Berlusconi.
This is the result of years of spreading of populism, hate, intolerance, and for sure anti-politics.
In a some Italian cities(Padova) they build walls to separate Italian children from immigrants.
Is this ringing a bell?

Can this happen in other European countries?
For sure!
This has nothing to do with the ‘exotic’ nature of Italians.
Latest years , you can see also in European newspapers headlines that for shortly I only thought possible in Italy.
Italy is a marvelous country, the pearl of Europe, people with an enormous potential and warmth.
The victory of Berlusconi is a drama but I think that the lesson has to be clear to all other European counties;
Stop anti politics, stop the media pollution and manipulation , don’t allow media concentrations(Berlusconi, Murdoch and others…), take urgently measures on European level!
Don’t let this cancer spread itself over Europe…

Shouldn’t Europe be a bit more then an economic coalition of some countries?
Europe is very concerned about the democratic situation of the new candidate members.
What about the democratic level of ‘old’ members (part of the G8)?
The Italian situation is the logical consequence of 15 years of intimidation, populism, control of the media and for sure anti politics.
This is the perfect recept for a fascist dictature.

And this should be centrum right?
There is more then one figure that is very proud to raise their right arm and bring the fascist greetings in Berlusconi’s coalition, but also in his ‘party’ (The business man and newspaper owner Ciarrapico)
Will the christen democratic members in the European parliament sit next to this bunch?
Is Ciarrapico and Berlusconi’s party welcome in the christen democratic European alliance?
Can Silvio Berlusconi be suspected of some ethical principles?
Isn’t it urgently time to take immediate measures on European level and give very clear signals?






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And now the link to Europe...

Hans ceustermans 23.Apr.2008 20:09

In the media I read that Berlusconi's company mediaset has
taken over the dutch media concern of Endemol.
Do we have to worry about that in Europe?

I follow the Italian political situation since 16 years and have seen how far it can come.
This has nothing to do with the 'exotic' nature of Italians, or with political left or right
but everything with mediaconcentrations that can fall in the wrong hands.
This can happen in any European country.

If you read the following article which are all statements of Mr Berlusconi himself
one week before the elections(I was in Italy), you'll get an idea of who won...
 http://www.indymedia.org/en/2008/04/904792.shtml

All important EVP members have been contacted but so far no reaction.
Do we want to follow in Europe the roadmap of Berlusconi and Putin?
Isn't it urgently time to act?

Maybe it it's not too late...

And now the connection to Europe

Hans Ceustermans 23.Apr.2008 20:19

In the media I read that Berlusconi's company mediaset has
taken over the dutch media concern of Endemol.
Do we have to worry about that?

I follow the Italian political situation since 16 years and have seen how far it can come.
This has nothing to do with the 'exotic' nature of Italians, or with political left or right
but everything with mediaconcentrations that can fall in the wrong hands.
This is a slow poison and can happen in any European country.

If you read the following article which are all statements of Mr Berlusconi himself
one week before the elections(I was in Italy), you'll get an idea of who won...
 http://www.indymedia.org/en/2008/04/904792.shtml

All important EVP members have been contacted but so far no reaction.
Do we want to follow in Europe the roadmap of Berlusconi and Putin?
Isn't it urgently time to act?

Maybe it it's not too late...


References

Hans Ceustermans 25.Apr.2008 09:09

References:

I'm not responsable for the content of these references.
I'm responsable for the content of my article of which everything can be prooved.
For your information: The pages on the Wikipedia are often changed by Berlusconi's 'friends'

Just to give you an idea:
Vittorio Mangano, a 'hero':  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vittorio_Mangano
Berlusconi on youtube , 'About Mangano dell'Utri was right'
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mG6lo418o8&feature=related
Marcello Dell'Utri: an impressing 'curriculum'  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcello_Dell'Utri
Enzo Biagi: The bulgarian dictat of Berlusconi:
 http://uk.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUKL0661439320071106
Journalist and newspaper director and vigorous anti communist Indro Montanelli:Berlusconi a threath for the free press
 http://www.freemedia.at/Heroes_IPIReport2.00/34Montanelli.htm
Business man Ciarrapico
 http://www.javno.com/en/world/clanak.php?id=131182
The Italian secret service
 http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7265212.stm#willey

A better link for Montanelli

Hans Ceustermans 25.Apr.2008 21:15

Indro Montanelli was a real hero.

He was a very anticommunist and conservative director of the newspaper 'il giornale'
until Berlusconi took over.

Indro hated Berlusconi and wrote in one of his books the most terrible things about Berlusconi.
He knew he had to do with evil, a man without principles.
And if there is something that Berlusconi cannot stand, it's somebody with principles.

Can it be that now the director of 'il giornale' is Paulo Berlusconi?



 http://www.worldpress.org/Europe/237.cfm

What to do?

Teo 28.Apr.2008 13:41

I'm Italian,
I didn't vote for Berlusconi, but the bigger part of italians did. I think that centre-left cohalition plaeyed a role in Berlusconi's vicotry, whith an inadequate campaign, but also in its two years (and five others from 1996 to 2001) of governement: in fact, they didn't do anything to limitate mediatic power of Berlusconi. But before elections I was optimist, 'cause I thought that the declarations of the leaders of PDL (Popolo della Libertà - party of liberty) and of Lega Nord convinced people to not vote for them. Instead, Lega Nord (whith his separatism and xenophobism) gain a lot of votes, and the elections gave this message: major part of Italian people wants to be governed by this two parties.
What have an italian that did not vote berlusconi to think now?

Europe has to stop this dictator

Hans Ceustermans 06.May.2008 20:51

Hi Teo,

Thank you for your interest and concern.

I think that during the government of Prodi it was all still clear who was ruling behind the scenes.
This man has so much power in Italy that i don't see any government(left or right) being able to do someting about it.

Berlusconi decided when the Prodi government had to fall.
First he tried at the 'finanziaria' at november 2007 when he tried and managed to buy some senators(these are all facts not speculations)
When that didn't work , he managed to get in action the weak link in the government of Prodi, Mastella.
Mastella didn't get by coincidence the job of minister of justice and he managed to delay the voting of a 'conflict of interest' law until end 2007.
Berlusconi made clear to Mastella that it was time to act 'in his way'.
Mastella got involved in a juridical scandal which after the elections, by coincidence, seemed to be prooved on nothing.

I love Italy and that's why I'm so involved.
I have seen Berlusconi destroying this country in only 15 years and onestly ,I think that Italy cannot be helped anymore from inside.

We have to wake up Europe and make clear what's going on, because Berlusconi is bying hilmself in into the world media market and nobody seems to worry about that.
I am.
Organised crime knows very good that if they control the media, they can act undisturbed.

Did you notice that the election victory in Rome but also in London are both based on irrational fears not on facts.
Who creates this atmosphere?
Who gives our children information on TV, on the internet, in newspapers...?

Greetings,

Hans

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berlusconi yet again

Daniela 08.Jul.2008 15:41

Hi Hans,

I report what is on the website "mediasetonline" today... If you have been always following Italian politics in Italy, i assume you speak Italian, if not, I'll be happy to translate it for you. This is the latest news in Italy and obviously, i cannot find any information about the demonstration of IDV and Grillo in Rome today 8 July 2008 and also London and Athens (outside Italy) against this insult to the Democracy. In the name of all the Italians who have always fought to preserve our Constitutional rights and Democracy, I deeply hope that we can stop Mr Berlusconi from achieving the unthinkable.
Thanks for spreading the truth! Dani

Falsa la telefonata al premier"
Confalonieri su vicenda intercettazioni
Il presidente di Mediaset, Fedele Confalonieri, con riferimento alla pubblicazione via web di una presunta sua conversazione telefonica con Berlusconi, "dichiara che si tratta di un falso e di un'evidente montatura costruita per recare grave danno alla reputazione dei soggetti interessati". I media vengono diffidati dalla diffusione in tutto o in parte della falsa telefonata "la cui pubblicazione sarebbe gravemente e gratuitamente diffamatoria".

IL FATTO
A metà pomeriggio è Dagospiam il sito di Roberto D'Agostino a lanciare - dall'apertura di homepage - che un sito ha pubblicato quella che viene definita la trascrizione di un'intercettazione dai toni molto personali tra il presidente di Mediaset e il leader Pdl. Non vengono forniti ulteriori dettagli, né l'indirizzo del sito. Solo la stringa della durata della presunta conversazione trascritta, 8 minuti e 49 secondi. Il sito in questione si scopre in seguito avere sede nelle isole Antille: l'homepage nel tardo pomeriggio è stata oscurata e a chi si collega compare la scritta "in manuntezione"

LA DIFFIDA DI CONFALONIERI
Confalonieri, si legge in una nota, "diffida quindi ogni organo di informazione alla diffusione in tutto o in parte di questa falsa telefonata. Contro chi dovesse contravvenire saranno proposte tutte le azioni giudiziarie in ogni sede competente".

GHEDINI: "RICORREREMO ALLE VIE LEGALI"
"In relazione alla pubblicazione in un sito Internet di una comunicazione telefonica, asseritamente intercorsa nell'ambito di un procedimento penale fra il presidente Berlusconi ed il dottor Confalonieri, si tratta con assoluta evidenza di un falso plateale completamente inventato e surrettiziamente costruito". E' Niccolò Ghedini, deputato Pdl e avvocato del presidente del Consiglio, Silvio Berlusconi, ad affermarlo in una nota. "Trattasi - spiega ancora Ghedini nella sua nota - di un testo con ogni evidenza gravemente diffamatorio e per il quale saranno esperite tutte le azioni giudiziarie del caso, diffidando chiunque nel contempo a pubblicarlo o a riprenderne anche parzialmente il contenuto".