Silvio Berlusconi’s ‘iron fist’ laws approved
Soldiers could be sent into Italy’s cities, illegal immigrants will be imprisoned for four years and all non-serious court cases will be frozen for a year under new measures approved by Italy’s senate.
The senate voted 166 to 123 to approve a wide-ranging package of measures which will allow Silvio Berlusconi to govern Italy with an iron fist.
Mr Berlusconi, 71, will now be able to use as many as 3,000 soldiers for up to six months in order to fight crime. Previously, the use of the army had to be agreed by the parliament beforehand. The first destination for the troops is likely to be Naples, where Mr Berlusconi faces violent opposition to his plans for dealing with the city’s rubbish crisis.
The perma-tanned billionaire will also no longer have to worry about his ongoing court case for allegedly corrupting David Mills, the husband of Tessa Jowell, the Olympic minister. Mr Berlusconi is accused of giving Mr Mills £350,000 in order to stand favourable witness in a separate trial. Both men deny wrong-doing.
The European Union is apparently in trouble because Ireland has voted no to its treaty which would reform the EU institutions. I think that the EU is in more trouble with this guy ruling one of its members. The State of Italy seems to me to be heading frantically towards the type of member that we can’t have in the EU. We cannot allow States to act in ways that are clearly violations of human rights. There needs to be a very serious look taken at what is happening in Italy and we need to make it clear what is expected of them as members of the EU.