10 Questions for Romano Prodi

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Romano Prodi

Romano Prodi 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 Prodi's narrow April 10 victory over Silvio Berlusconi for the job of Prime Minister. In his first interview since his victory was sealed, Prodi, 66, talked to Jeff Israely about why the U.S. has nothing to fear and how he plans on keeping his political allies in line.

Berlusconi compared himself to Jesus Christ, accused you of being a "front man" and used vulgar language to put down your supporters....

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