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Call girl claims stir debate on Berlusconi's rule

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Call girl claims stir debate on Berlusconi's rule


Silvio Berlusconi’s colourful private life is topping the political agenda in Italy again after allegations about call-girls attending parties at his house.

A leading newspaper says magistrates investigating a suspected corrupt businessman have found he paid female escorts to accompany him to dinner parties at the prime minister’s villa. Berlusconi himself is not implicated, but opposition politicians say the affair calls his judgement into question. Massimo Donandi of the opposition IDV group described his lifestyle as “risky and imprudent”, one that left him exposed to blackmail from “hidden powers” and “unknown persons”. In an interview, Patrizia D’Addario alleges she was paid 1,000 euros to attend one party. She was later put up as a pro-Berlusconi candidate in recent municipal elections in the city of Bari. The Italian premier has condemned the allegations as “trash”. One of his allies said it was intended to undermine him ahead of the coming G8 summit and tarnish Italy’s image on the world stage. Despite the scandals and Italy’s economic woes Berlusconi remains broadly popular. But the allegations and his acrimonious divorce are taking up more and more of his time.

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