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Berlusconi starves his party but finds money to buy Balotelli

Berlusconi's last secret weapon: Mario Balotelli.

Berlusconi’s last secret weapon: Mario Balotelli.

Mr. Silvio Berlusconi sees his political successes as his personal achievement, and his own party more as a dead weight than as an asset.

Some months ago, just before his comeback, he refused to pay for the party primary elections.

Now he is unwilling to finance an electoral campaign that he is single-handedly administrating. This is why you need to pay an ‘electoral expenses contribution’ if you want to be a candidate for Mr. Berlusconi’s party.

And yet, Mr. Berlusconi was able to find 20 million euros to buy professional soccer player Mario Balotelli for his Milan football team.

A surprising move since Milan, managed by Berlusconi’s daughter Barbara, had launched an austerity campaign which left it with almost no hopes of winning the Italian football league.

Is Berlusconi trying to make a popular move before the February elections ? Whoever knows how important football is in Italy will tell you that this option should not be too quickly discarded.

It is not by chance that Mr. Pier Luigi Bersani, Mr. Berlusconi’s main opponent, attacked him precisely on this issue by tweeting: ‘I’m touring Italy while his [Berlusconi’s] mind is focused on Balotelli’.

Berlusconi's daughter Barbara. She is a member of the Milan Board.

Berlusconi’s daughter Barbara. She is a member of the Milan Board.

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