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Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Two fingers up at Berlusconi's nuclear option

It has been lovely to watch the tide turning on this repugnant right wing Italian. Berlusconi has often looked invincible. Whatever he did, however racist or sexist his behaviour was, he kept managing to get the votes.

Not any more. He lost the vote on his hopes to revive Italy's nuclear energy programme. It was overwhelmingly clear - in the wake of Fukushima, Europe is waking up to the realisation that a nuclear option could bring disaster upon us.

But perhaps more importantly for the fate of democracy in Italy, the referendum ended the lack of accountability for the political class. From now on, no-one, not even the previously untouchable Berlusconi, will be immune from being taken to court.

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