Retrieved by Pat Darnell and these Adjectives: counterproductive, ineffective, ineffectual, inefficient
Silvio Berlusconi is the leader of the Forza Italia party in Italy, and has been the Prime Minister, PM, of Italy three times. The 74 year old Prime Minister, Berlusconi, is not due to retire or run again for PM until 2013. However, he is failing on many fronts in Italian politics.
"However it finishes, there are grounds to be sceptical about the immediate future of the country," Il Sole 24 Ore, the financial daily often seen as the mouthpiece of the Italian business establishment, wrote in an editorial on Sunday. ... (Mackenzie, James\ Reuters. December 13, 2010. HERE"
" ... Berlusconi's image abroad was summed up this month by a U.S. diplomatic report made public on WikiLeaks that labelled him "feckless, vain and ineffective as a European leader" and described him as being exhausted by hard partying. ... "What is good in this tragic hero? He has been in the center of Italian political life since 1994. He also is a charismatic leader, who speaks to the unsung heroes -- Italia's voters: " ... who have long shrugged their shoulders at reports of their prime minister's gaffes and dalliances."
What has him hamstrung is the same "dalliance" that brings many political guys down: " ... scandals like his connection with a teenaged nightclub dancer ..." Photos were blocked in Italy, where "Berlusconi controls 90% of the media." It all has led to his public divorce and " ... is one of many embarrassments for Berlusconi in a gaffe filled year ...(SOURCE) "
Berlusconi's survival hopes finely balanced, James Mackenzie, Reuters. December 13, 2010, Berlusconi has become an extremely polarizing figure in Italian politics, thanks to his proclivity for making massive, somewhat insulting gaffes directed at women, minorities, or really anyone who comes within eyesight of the man.Burlesconi is inefficacious "as unemployment has crept up." He is inexpedient with systemic "problems such as the chronic garbage crisis in Naples." His leadership is ineffectual as this crisis has gone unresolved. "It has chipped away at his authority."
Musician to Mogul: Silvio Berlusconi is originally from Milan, Italy, where he was born into an upper middle-class in 1936. " ... He obtained a degree in law and played the upright bass for a band, and, for a time, became a cruise ship crooner. In the 60's, he worked on developing construction projects in Milan, before setting up a media empire in the 70s. [SOURCE] ... "