David Cameron suggested the European Union headquarters in Brussels "continues to exist as if in a parallel universe," in part because its idea of austerity is to increase the workweek from 37.5 hours to 40. How can we possibly make sense of all this?
Berlusconi makes you think of Fidel. Not his friend Confalonieri, but the Caribbean leader Castro.
It may seem farfetched to look for rescue from the Internet and open-source, rather than from Rome, Brussels or panicky business investors. But what else is on the horizon for people who want to get real work done?
Berlusconi is leaving the scene, but his entire legacy remains. Many little Berlusconis have formed in his image, in public institutions, the government, and local administrations.
Oprah Winfrey said that she and her staff intend to hunt for situations in which crying or even tearing-up will be a surprise to the network's audiences.
Given the inextricable relationship between Berlusconi's political success and Italy's media, a video series has been developed to offer insight into the role of the media in Italy today and their influence on the country's politics.
We Have a Pope is a thought-provoking film attempting to shed light on the doubts that can be felt by a true leader.
It's no surprise that, running for a new term in office, Sarkozy resorted to new tactics. His challenges are somewhat similar to Italy's: high debt, a dissatisfactory economy, unsolved immigrant integration questions, and a working class in revolt. His new idea?
Italy needs a renaissance. Thankfully, that's an idea they are familiar with.
With shades of Clarence Thomas, we now have a presidential candidate not only groping for words, but also being accused of groping his colleagues.
By tethering 17 nations to a common currency without binding them to a common fiscal policy, the Eurozone was doomed to fail. That may be true. But the deeper message is a constitutional one.
Germany has blocked the ECB from engaging with proper central bank monetary policy. Will it now also put the stop on cohesive fiscal policies that will allow the PIIGS to make similar investments? Let's hope not.
What do Indonesia's General Suharto and Italy's Silvio Berlusconi have in common? Both were corrupt national leaders who stayed in office too long and finally lost power as a result of financial crises. These kinds of crises are ugly and painful, but bring about overdue reforms.
When people are fighting adversity every day they want politicians whom they trust, and if those don't appear there is trouble.
One thing is certain: Mr. Berlusconi's parabola of success is near the end, a parabola which has hovered over Italy for years damaging it. His announced resignation is a sign of defeat.