10 Questions for Silvio Berlusconi

Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi speaks freely and carries a big stick. He has revolutionized Italy's perennially gray politics but drawn fire for his vast media holdings as well as for gaffes like a tasteless Nazi gibe directed at a German colleague and a knock on German tourists by one of his deputies. TIME's Jeff Israely talked with him on the eve of his visit with President Bush.

THE U.S. HAS TAKEN A LOT OF CRITICISM IN EUROPE LATELY. WHAT ARE THE IMPORTANT THINGS ABOUT AMERICA THAT SOME EUROPEANS DO NOT UNDERSTAND?

Some Europeans don't understand that the world changed radically...

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