Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Melancholic Charles continues a great Italian tradition

Charles Malinconico is a junior Minister in Mario Monti's glorious appointed technocratic government. The EU hireling who was a Professor of European Law (natch) has just fallen on his sword over a corruption scandal.
Local media reports say Malinconico took his family on holidays to a Tuscan resort without paying. The bill was picked up by an impresario currently caught up in an apparent bribery scandal. Malinconico has denied the claim.
He appears to be pretty well named as his mood today probably reflects the auto- translate of his name. Looking at the WSJ report, he will not be the last of the EU apparat to be cashing in his governmental chips,
Another minister in the cabinet, Filippo Patroni Griffi, has also been lambasted in the Italian press for having purchased an apartment in Rome with a view of the Colosseum for a price about five times below market value.
Malinconico's situation "has nothing to do with me," Patroni Griffi, who is in charge of the public administration, said Tuesday on the sidelines of an event in Parliament.
The way things are going the Italian people will start to think that Berlusconi might not have been such a bad thing after all.

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