It is no secret that Silvio Berlusconi often has an uneasy relationship with the media.
The Italian Prime Minister has often been forced to deal with accusations about his personal and political life.
But he recently telephoned a talk show to claim that all TV programmes have conspired to work against his cabinet.
The “Ballaro” show criticised the waste disposal fiasco in Naples, which Berlusconi said had been solved.
After launching an astonishing verbal tirade against the show’s host, he then abruptly hung up.
Similarly at the recent Lisbon summit, President Nicolas Sarkozy reacted sarcastically to reporters’ suggestions about bribes over submarine contracts.
“See you tomorrow, my paedophile friends!” he said as he left.
The off-the-record comments were intended to highlight the absurdity of the allegations, making the point that he could just as easily accuse a journalist of being a paedophile.
Sarkozy and Berlusconi both share a history of bristling at sensitive questions.
With growing calls for Berlusconi to quit, and Sarkozy fresh off the Roma migrants issue, there doesn’t appear to be an end in sight soon.