Thursday, 3 April 2014

Berlusconi and the mystery of the European election's logo

Wednesday, 2 April 2014. The Forza Italia logo for the European elections shows the name “Berlusconi”, but if Silvio can't run as a candidate, who is going to be that?

Silvio Berlusconi can't run as a candidate for public office due to his interdiction to public posts, Italian highest court had made it clear last month, when the former prime minister's lawyer appealed against the ruling, which followed the definitive conviction of the media tycoon for tax fraud

Forza Italia's logo and slogan: “"More Italy in Europe, less Europe in Italy”

But, then, who is going to put a face to the Berlusconi name written in big blue letters over the Forza Italia (Go Italy) party's logo for the election, just below the tricolour banner and between a menace printed on the left (“Piu' Italia in Europa”, “More Italy in Europe”), and a wrote bad omen on the right (“Meno Europa in Italia”, “Less Europe in Italy”)?

It is quite a mystery, Silvio Berlusconi's daughter Marina – who was rumoured to be destined to become his political heir - denied several times any interest in politics. Barbara Berlusconi, the younger daughter of Mr Berlusconi, refused to answer when questioned, but her father recently stated that none of his children was going to seek a seat in the European Parliament in the polls next May (ruling out also Pier Silvio).

So, what is going to be? Perhaps now that he has divorced officially from his second wife Veronica Lario, the media mogul will marry his girlfriend Francesca Pascale, give her his name, and launch the former local TV dancer a new career in Brussels and Strasbourg (provided that the good ol' Forza Italia can put together enough votes)?

Or will his brother Paolo Berlusconi get into politics, even though he seems to be more fit for stand up shows, and follow the path of his elder sibling?

After the sad death of Silvio's beloved sister Maria Francesca Antonietta Berlusconi in 2009, only two brothers remained. Or is there another Berlusconi out there we don't know about?