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Berlusconi threatens to bring down government

‘SPIRAL OF RECESSION’:The former Italian prime minister said his party would decide within days whether to withdraw its support, and lashed out at Merkel and Sarkozy

Reuters, ROME

Berlusconi, whose “bunga bunga” parties with aspiring starlets won worldwide notoriety, has taken a largely backseat role in politics since he was forced to step down, but he remains the dominant figure within the PDL.

His standing with the general public has fallen sharply after the array of sexual and political scandals and an opinion poll last month gave him just 18 percent support, well behind Angelino Alfano, the PDL’s 42-year-old secretary.

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