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Silvio Berlusconi

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi stands in Rome's Villa Madama for a meeting with Slovenia's President Danilo Turk. Allegations that Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi hooked up with prostitutes he kept in rent-free luxury apartments have weakened the government and damaged the country's image abroad, experts say. Italian magistrates on Friday announced an enquiry into the relationship between Berlusconi and an underage girl, known as Ruby, as the prime minister was still reeling from a court ruling partially stripping him of political immunity. Getty Images