What a Trump America Can Learn From Italy with Beppe Severgnini


Sep 26, 2017 – 12:00 PM

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No other country in the European Union, according to the Pew Research Center, is as supportive of President Donald Trump as Italy. That is because in many ways, Italy has already had a Trump-like politician in power. Silvio Berlusconi, who led the Italian government as prime minister for a total of nine years between 1994 and 2011, was also a billionaire who disparaged women, refused to resolve his numerous conflicts of interests, passed legislation that helped his own businesses, clashed repeatedly with the judiciary, and was easily bored by details and long meetings. What can America learn from Italy’s experience under Berlusconi? And can Italy offer any hope? Beppe Severgnini, a columnist for Corriere della Sera and the New York Times, will consider these questions and more in his Stigler Center lecture.  Lunch will be served.

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