Italian Report: Berlusconi Nazi jibe row deepens

Jurriaan Bendien bendien at
Thu Jul 3 09:36:07 MDT 2003

Thursday, July 3, 2003 Posted: 2:57 AM EDT (0657 GMT)

STRASBOURG, France (CNN) -- Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is
under mounting pressure to apologize after comparing a German lawmaker to a
Nazi concentration camp commander during a speech to the European

Berlusconi was laying out his agenda in Strasbourg Wednesday at the start of
Italy's six months in charge of the rotating European Union presidency.

The controversial Italian prime minister told Socialist MEP Martin Schulz:
"I know in Italy there is a producer, producing a film on Nazi concentration
camps. I will suggest you for the role of kapo (commander). You would be
perfect for that role."

Berlusconi's comment, which he insisted was meant as an ironic joke, sparked
fury and overshadowed the presentation of Italy's priorities for its
six-month EU presidency.


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