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    Former Italian Prime Minister and president of the Italian center-right Forza Italia (FI) party, Silvio Berlusconi gives a speech on May 22, 2014 in Rome

    Berlusconi: Germany Controls EU, While Being Under US Rule

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    The EU recognizes the hegemony of Germany, which in its turn follows the dictate of the United States, former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said Thursday.

    "The EU acknowledges the hegemony of Germany, which in its turn recognizes the United States' dictate. Therefore, we are not far from the circumstances which sparked two bloody world wars in the XX century," the prominent Italian politician said.

    Speaking in Rome at the national conference of representatives of the Forza Italia party, Berlusconi expressed serious concern over the current situation in Europe, which he described as "catastrophic".

    According to him, the EU now faces "a frightening lack of leadership."

    Berlusconi also said that Italy now has no influence on the international stage. He criticized the government led by current Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who, according to him, usurped power in the country.

    "Today, Italy is in a situation of suspended democracy. Renzi has usurped the majority [in the parliament]. The last government, which really was elected, was our government," the ex-prime minister said.

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