10 Questions For Romano Prodi

The Prime Minister--elect interrupted an hour-long meeting with TIME on Friday to take a call of congratulations from George W. Bush. Two days earlier, Italy's Supreme Court confirmed Romano Prodi's narrow April 10 victory over Silvio Berlusconi for the job. In his first interview since his victory was sealed, Prodi, 66, talked to Jeff Israely about why the U.S. has nothing to fear, his plans for cementing the coalition, and his feisty rival.

Berlusconi compared himself with Jesus Christ, accused you of being a frontman for communists and used vulgar language to put down your supporters. How do you campaign against...

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