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Berlusconi on the offensive amid pre-poll woes

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Berlusconi on the offensive amid pre-poll woes


More legal problems are the last thing Silvio Berlusconi needs ahead of crucial regional polls in Italy.

In the latest case being fought by his lawyers, the premier is accused of trying to block state TV shows critical of his government. But, faced with plunging popularity ratings, the billionaire media tycoon is battling to turn things around.

Firmly on the offensive, Berlusconi argues that some judges have political motives, aimed at preventing his administration explaining its successes over the past two years.

The centre-right leader’s fury flared over reports prosecutors ordered his phone be tapped. His opponents, rallying in Rome last weekend, will be hoping this row, sex scandals and bungling over ballot lists will help hand the left victory in this month’s elections.

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