Last quote by Silvio Berlusconi
Silvio Berlusconi quotes
Think about it: in Italy I am marginalised while Putin tells me he is ready to give me (Russian) citizenship and get me the lead of the Russian economy ministry.
Firstly, finally Italy is free, but it's too late, it's embarrassing.
It's a day of mourning for the law. None of us can feel secure about our rights, our property, our freedom. So we have to stay in the field. Even from outside parliament we can continue to fight for our freedom.
I think there is no other option but going to elections as soon as possible. We are also convinced that all the poll numbers suggest that we will win these elections.
This is real judicial harassment that has no equal in the civilized world.We must continue our fight for freedom.
Dear friends, as you may all know, storms don't scare me. In 17 years I've seen a great deal. They have tried every way they can to remove me from politics and from history.
We're absolutely ready for a coalition government – which would intervene immediately with economic measures that many agree on.
It is clear and evident that it (the judiciary) is a disease of our system, a cancer in our democracy.
In our first cabinet meeting we will pass a decision to refund Italian families the 2012 tax they paid on their first house, to compensate them for that dreadful imposition.
We must work to make Europe change its suicidal austerity policy.
The racial laws were the worst fault of Mussolini as a leader, who in so many other ways did well.
The media mostly leans to the left and there is a link with the Italian media that is mostly aligned to the left. There is a sort of link particularly with the Italian newspaper 'La Repubblica', that cultivates all these friendships and this chain is deployed against me.
There is a circuit and they ask each other for help. They feed each other news. And the same news is taken up. That is to say: 'I'll publish a piece, please pick it up' and then it ends up as if it were the opinion of Liberation.
Daul is just one of the EPP's 14 deputy presidents. Maybe he has a personal ambitions. Don't forget he speaks German better than French, because he is from Strasbourg. He just wants to be somebody to give a boost to his political career.
If they think that I would be useful for the government, the position that would let me best express all my experience would be the position of Minister of Finance. That would allow me to show once again, that I have no political ambition, and I don't think of politics as something that gives me advantages.
I think it is not even in Monti's interest to become a small player alongside other small players in Italian politics, instead of this kind of miracle saviour he wanted to be.
If Monti's intention changes, I declare that I would have no problem withdrawing my candidature as I have no personal ambition. After all I am the Italian who has been at Palazzo Chigi longer than everyone else!
There's no real reason why the markets should be agitated. Of what concern is the spread? Let's stop talking about this scam. We've only been talking about the spread for a year.
Our democracy is not real. We live under a dictatorship ruled by the judges. We don't live in a democracy but in a 'magistratocracy'. So I feel an obligation to stay in politics and to focus my next political activity on the reform of the Justice.
I was certain that I would be acquitted of these totally unreal accusations. It is a verdict that I can only define as politically motivated, incredible and unacceptable.
People were dancing at my home, but I've not danced since I made a vow not to when I was young. I've never given money for sexual favours, on this occasion or ever in my life.
I am maintaining all the girls who have been ruined by this trial and the prosecutors, they have been forever dishonoured. Some of them have lost their boyfriend, and maybe they'll never find another one again. I feel responsible because these girls have only committed one crime: to accept a dinner invitation at the prime minister's house.
To those who cheered for what they called my exit from the political scene, I want to say very clearly that I will double my commitment in parliament to renew Italy's institutions. I don't expect any gratitude, but I won't give up.
Legally I'm the most persecuted man there has ever been in the whole world ever he declared in 2009.
Political events remain key to the outlook for the country and for the government debt market. Unfortunately, it is not the only issue now. We are also seeing a sharp deterioration in real economic activity with worsening of business confidence and declines in industrial output.
I want to ask the opposition in parliament to approve these stability measures and, after the approval of the Stability Law, which meets all EU and Eurogroup requests, resign in order for the head of state to hold talks and decide what to do for the future. It's not up to me to decide what the head of state must do, but the only option I see is new elections.
We have asked the Fund to monitor and publicly certify every three months the progress of our reforms so that we can show the markets, using the authority of the IMF, that the Italian government is making progress in the implementation of the reforms.
In the final decision there has been the recognition of our ambitious projects which now need to be achieved. And naturally we gave the dates by which we have to achieve each measure.
We are sure to balance the budget by 2013, and from then on to start reducing the debt. We could even maybe start reducing it sooner, if we put some buildings which belong to Italian state on the market.
I thank you and I invite you to vote for the government.
I think our image in the world is so bad that there's no way to give any kind of confidence to foreign markets.
And without reacting to or feeding the neuroses of the market. Our economy is fundamentally solid.
I speak in one of the most dramatic moments of my personal life, in a fight for my freedom. I do not think that I should have to come before parliament and ask them to defend me because I am innocent.
Following the decision the Italian people are taking, we must probably say goodbye to the possibility of nuclear power stations and we must strongly commit ourselves to renewable energy.
I will not be convicted.
The only purpose of the entire enquiry is defamation by media.
Those who don't respect the mandate of the electorate proves they don't have the interests of Italy at heart only their own miserable career ambitions.
In all these years, there has never been any personal interest, ever, on any occasion. We have all worked purely in the interests of our countries.
When I'm in the presence of a beautiful girl, I look at her. It is better to have a passion for beautiful girls than to be gay.
I'm here to talk about real trash. Media trash I leave to you.
It is not a conflict between two persons… there's simply been declarations (positions) from one side towards the other.
This is not your usual adjustment of public accounts. It is framed by the euro crisis and has been unleashed by speculation. The aim is to reduce the weight of the state in our economy and society. This crisis is different from those which have come before. Every country in Europe is affected, we have all been living beyond our means.
Southstream is important, because it guarantees the opportunity to get Russian gas when there are cuts, for instance what happened recently in Ukraine. This is an opportunity to secure supply.
Last Tuesday you told me: First, that you regretted having contributed to the birth of the PDL party, and second you said: 'I want to create a separate parliamentary group'. Make these statements as a politician but not as Speaker of the Chamber.
I am not only a prime minister but I am also a tycoon and therefore I have my own personality to add to that of a politician.
I think it is indispensable to modernise the country. That is why it is worth us all working on it.
If, after what happened, there is a better awareness of the need for calmer and more honest language in Italian politics, this pain will not have been for naught.
Our goal is that the South Stream does not cross Ukrainian territory. That's why we've made every effort to convince Turkey to allow the South Stream through its territorial waters.
And indeed, it's not worth it.
I discussed this with President Obama during the G8, and we are preparing a plan which can be implemented more quickly, as the training of the Afghan forces gets better.
I sincerely believe I am by far the best prime minister Italy has had in its 150 year history.
I, as prime minister, besides all the appointments with the guests, will have various bilateral meetings with colleagues from the other countries and will take some important leaders to visit places damaged by the earthquake.
It's a catastrophe and is very disturbing, given the sequence of events. We have already transported the most seriously injured to the best hospitals. A child has been transferred to Rome and I'm going to return there to take charge of things.
If someone asked whether I had 'a relationship, let's say steamy or more than steamy, with an underage girl', my answer would be: 'Absolutely not!' I have sworn it on the life of my children. I am aware that, if this were perjury, I would have to resign a minute later.
These people don't arrive here because of any particular situation going on within their country or because they're victims of injustice. They're chosen methodically by criminal organisations.
We have to welcome people who meet the conditions for political asylum. But we have to accept only those found on Italian soil, or in our seas.
30 percent of people have found accommodation with friends or relatives, 17 thousand hotel rooms were made available and ten thousand have been taken up so far so we can still house another seven thousand.
We have decided to say no thank you to all the countries that have offered to help because we can can deal with it ourselves, we are a proud country, with a strong welfare state.
It is impossible to predict something like this. There is no one who can say when the next shock will come, in the next hours or coming days.
This is all a slander against me and unfair and inaccurate information. I won't say I'll do something about it regarding some journalists, but I certainly would like to.
I must say that we do not agree with it. It is a proposal which has not been put before the government. We were only informed about it via parliament and I personally reject it.
As far as Alitalia is concerned, the Chancellor and I are agreed that the best option would be a deal between Lufthansa and Alitalia. We hope it will work.
Regarding the opposition shown by certain countries – some of which are important countries – I am confident we will be able to convince them of the strategic importance of Turkey, within the European framework, as a country bordering the Middle East.
This won't change the government's or the majority's actions. This is a demonstration organised by the left, which shows its divisions. Its only aim is to oppose the government, all the government.
I want to give a very simple warning: we will not allow the occupation of schools and universities.
All Europeans will have to share the burden equally if we are going to be willing to forge a path ahead.
Those opinions which are describing as negative the behaviour of the Italian government and people towards Romanian people in Italy, are totally false and misleading.
Where the children are concerned, the government, and the country want to be able to guarantee them an education exactly like all other Italian children.
This is the legacy of what happens within a small group of magistrates, who are out of control, and who continue to try and overthrow the result of the election through actions which began in 1992 and which are still being carried out.
There is an alarming problem in how the judiciary functions which we ourselves experience every day, which citizens experience first-hand whenever they have to deal with justice. We've long been asking for reforms, structural interventions, investment and projects to make the judiciary work.
The right to not be in fear is a primary right that the state cannot guarantee for its citizens and so we've activated a series of measures immediately.
I am sure that the next spring, spring 2008, will be for Italy a spring of freedom.
When a country needs a real government to govern right now, how can we think about leaving it suspended, looking for something on which there is not the slightest possibility today of reaching a common accord.
I think that with the disappearance of the majority, the most logical thing would be that this government continues just for normal administration until the next elections, elections in the very near future.
We don't want a repeat of this government which has already done enough harm by undermining Italy's credibility abroad, increasing taxes, destroying reforms put in place by the previous government and stopping public planning projects from going ahead.
I do not believe, that these men will be able to govern properly. I think this will be a parenthesis, an interruption in our path towards development, progress and freedom.
I am fine. I am going to the San Raffaele hospital where they want to monitor me for 24 hours.
Prodi "would have to accept what parliament concluded.
The left has today completed its total occupation of the state institutions, neglecting the half of the country that expressed itself differently and voted for the right. I believe this half of the country feels that the conclusion of the elections does not respect the will of the people.
We need to check the voting registers from 60 thousand bureaux, but it seems there have been widespread irregularities.
If we really want to move forward with a country that's not divided, with a parliament that has no majority and an opposition that puts up barricades, and a country seen as united, I believe it's time to follow the example of other European countries such as Germany and unite the different forces to govern with consensus.
This majority will bring some calm to the country. And we will remain faithful to the choice of our loyal voters.
I trust the intelligence of the Italian people too much to think they are such pricks that they would vote against their own best interests.
He can sense defeat, he doesn't want to accept it, and he's doing everything he can to stop it. The fact he doesn't want to be beaten is human, that he's still trying to win a few votes is legitimate, but that he does that in riding roughshod over every rule, all good taste, shouting and often incoherent, that's not a good thing.
We inherited a deficit of 19 billion euros from the left. That is why, as a country, we are so much in the red today.
For us the first house is sacred like the family.
I have been accused many times of saying communists eat babies. Go and read the black book on communism and you'll find that under Mao's China they didn't eat babies but they boiled them to fertilise the fields. It's something horrible but it's true.
It is essential that relations between the United States and the European Union remain strong and healthy.
I expected this decision, because I expected Dr Fazio to make a serious and responsible gesture. He felt at the moment it was the right move to make, to restore peace to the glorious institution of the Bank of Italy. Otherwise it would have been in turmoil and become embroiled in a media storm.
There was a declaration from Romano Prodi that the opposition would do the same as (Spanish prime minister) Mr Zapatero once elected, so all Mr Bush has to do is put one and one together.
The prime minister works in the interests of the country.