Silvio Berlusconi dies at 86: Tributes pour in for Italy’s ex-PM

The passing of Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s former prime minister and business magnate, at the age of 86 has prompted an outpouring of tributes from political figures, sports activities icons, and international leaders. Berlusconi’s impression on Italian politics and his notoriety for monetary and intercourse scandals have made him a divisive figure in the country’s history.
Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his admiration for Berlusconi, calling him a “dear, sensible friend.” Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban referred to the late politician as a “great fighter,” whereas Italian Prime Minister Georgia Meloni praised Berlusconi’s braveness and determination. Hidden described Berlusconi as a “great man and a great Italian,” and former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi acknowledged the numerous impact Berlusconi had on Italy’s political, economic, and cultural landscape.
Italian Defence Minister Guido Crosetto declared that an era has ended with Berlusconi’s death, whereas Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti expressed gratitude for the time they spent together throughout Berlusconi’s ownership of AC Milan. European Parliament President Roberta Metsola remembered Berlusconi as a “fighter” who left an enduring mark on Italy and Europe. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte recalled Berlusconi as a “striking and passionate politician,” and former Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša remembered him as an excellent good friend to Slovenia..

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