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Juliette Kayyem

For Italy, it’s over with Mr. Wrong

Italy’s new Prime Minister Mario Monti, right, reacts to Silvio Berlusconi. Italy’s new Prime Minister Mario Monti, right, reacts to Silvio Berlusconi. (Getty Images)
By Juliette Kayyem
Globe Columnist / December 5, 2011
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There are men that you marry and men that you flee. The goal is to figure it out which is which before any permanent damage is done. Italian women are hoping it isn’t too late. Their nearly 20-year political marriage to disgraced Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has finally come to an end. While the immediate cause for the split was Italy’s financial woes, Berlusconi’s behavior with minors and prostitutes had already turned him into the Europe’s most isolated ruler.

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