Nothing divides Italians as much as their Prime Minister. Silvio Berlusconi has had a firm grip his country for almost two decades. From his conflicts of interest as a powerful businessman to his alleged ties with the mafia to numerous sex scandals, everything in Italian politics is about him.
- Alexander Stille, Professor of Journalism at Columbia University's Journalism School and author of Excellent Cadavers: The Mafia and the Death of the First Italian Republic (1995) and The Sack of Rome: How a Beautiful European Country with a Fabled History and a Storied Culture Was Taken Over by a Man Named Silvio Berlusconi (2006)
- Sylvia Poggioli, senior European correspondent for NPR