Berlusconi's Dilemma

Alessandro Bianchi / Reuters

Silvio Berlusconi's critics used to worry about what he might do once in office: slant media coverage, rewrite laws to favor his own business and legal interests, embarrass Italy with gaffes on the world stage. Many of those fears, though perhaps not the worst of them, were realized in the media mogul's last term in office, from 2001 to 2006. But now that Berlusconi has swept back to his third term as Prime Minister with an impressive victory over former Rome Mayor Walter Veltroni, Italians are more concerned about what he might not do. Italy faces difficult public-policy challenges,...

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