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U.S. newspapers issue dire warnings about Berlusconi return

Comeback could be 'disastrous'

U.S. newspapers issue dire warnings about Berlusconi return

New York, December 12 - Leading newspapers in the United States came out squarely against former premier Silvio Berlusconi, warning his return to politics could be "disastrous". In editorials published Wednesday, both the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times were scathing in their analysis of the damage Berlusconi created in his years in government, and the threat he holds for the future. "The re-election of Silvio Berlusconi could be disastrous, given the precarious Italian economy and the lack of trust he inspires abroad," said the Journal. But, it added, Italians who are tired of the austerity measures imposed by the present technocratic government of Premier Mario Monti might "bet on Berlusconi" once again, just to get a break from hard times. That would be a mistake, warned the New York Times in an editorial titled "The Shameless Return of Mr Berlusconi". "Although it may seem like a bad joke, given his failures on the reform front and the economy and his sex scandals, the return of Berlusconi could do serious harm," said the Times.

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