July 02, 2003

More Great Moments in Euro-Cohesion

More Great Moments in Euro-Cohesion

Silvio lets loose upon Italy's assumption of the rotating EU Presidency. And Stanley Hoffman thinks the U.S. is to blame for the lack of pan-Euro fellow-feeling!

UPDATE: Here's the Guardian's take on the story. So, did Silvio use the word "kapo" or "leader?" (NYT has "Kapo"; Guardian has "leader." If the former, the comment becomes even more offensive, doesn't it?

ANOTHER UPDATE: Reader AG, fluent Italian speaker, confirms via E-mail that Berlusconi indeed used the word Kapo. In addition, he writes in:

"....to be sure, Berlusconi will deserve whatever censure he'll receive from pundits at home and abroad. A more interesting question is why there was no similar uproar in the European Parliament or even, really, in the German media, when Schroeder's Minister of Justice juxtaposed Bush with Hitler. Are Americans fair game when it comes to European hyperbole?"

Indeed.

AND MORE: Schroder is requesting an apology. And here's the FT's take on some other oratorical highlights from Silvio.

Posted by Gregory at July 2, 2003 05:38 PM
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