Berlusconi, his death stops Italy: internal controversies rebound in the foreign press

From the BBC to Le Figaro, in foreign newspapers the analysis of national mourning and the suspension of parliamentary votes

“The death of Silvio Berlusconi stops Italy. The government has declared a day of national mourning on the occasion of the state funeral to be held in the Milan Cathedral. Parliamentary voting is suspended for a week, an unprecedented suspension“. This was written by ‘’ which does not fail to report the objections raised internally to these decisions: “The massive mourning has attracted criticism from some members of the opposition, who have spoken of a political choice. In part, criticism is inevitable for such a polarizing figure,” the paper notes.

Never before has a prime minister been entitled to so many respects in Italy. In the last 30 years, only two prime ministers have received a state funeral and at least one day of national mourning. This exception is criticized by the opposition and the academic world”, reports the French France Inter which cites the contrary opinions reported by the Italian media. Even ‘Le Figaro’ underlines how the state funerals, foreseen by the protocol, will be accompanied by a a day of national mourning, “a novelty for a former prime minister who does not meet the taste of all Italians”.

“Berlusconi has been the most influential and influential politician in Italy in recent decades. The fact that he, as a former prime minister, gets a state funeral – paid for with taxpayers’ money – is required by law. However, national mourning on the day of the funeral is unusual. Over the past three decades, only two prime ministers have received this honour: Giovanni Leone and Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, who had also been presidents,” writes the German Tagesspiegel.

“Italy is celebrating the death of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi with a show befitting the grand soap opera that was her life“, reads the BBC, recalling the” former cruise singer who led Italy with no previous political experience, built a media empire and had a succession of wives and girlfriends “. The kind of tribute that is classified status” is unprecedented for a former prime minister. A state funeral is a privilege usually reserved for popes, war heroes and ministers in service”, he continues, underlining how Milan is “a city deeply linked to Silvio Berlusconi: this is where he was born and where his career began “. “Behind the scenes – he then observes – a succession story is also taking place. During his lifetime, Berlusconi amassed a vast empire spanning media, real estate, finance, film and sports – as well as a powerful political party that forms part of Italy’s current government.”