Italy: A Tricky Test For Berlusconi

Self-confidence isn't something that Silvio Berlusconi, Italy's new Prime Minister, has in short supply. When his closest political allies began debating how to proceed with billions of dmllars of privatizations in late April, the magnate-turned-politician jetted off to his Sardinian beach house for some sun. "I haven't yet decided what to do about it, but it's something we can solve easily," said Berlusconi just before he left.

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