Italian President Sergio Mattarella remembers Silvio Berlusconi “A great political leader” for the Italian Republicinfluencing their “patterns, customs and languages”.
Berlusconi, the controversial president and politician who led the Italian government in three terms between 1994 and 2011 for a total of nine years, died today at San Raffaele Hospital in Milan, where he had been hospitalized since Friday. He is 86 years old.
“A great friend and a remarkable statesman”
Among international reactions to the death of Silvio Berlusconi, the present stands out Vladimir Putin issued a message of condolence on the death of a “dear and true friend. I admired him for his wisdom and ability to find balanced and visionary solutions even in the most difficult situations.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán mourned the death of one of his oldest allies, remembering him as a “great fighter”. “Ribosa at speed, friend Mio(Rest in peace my friend), Orban wrote on Facebook.
The main political institutions of the European Union also marked the demise of Silvio Berlusconi. European Commission President Ursula van der Leyen released Tweet In it he mourned the passing of the former prime minister, who “led Italy through a period of transition and continued to influence his beloved country”.
I was saddened by the news of the death of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
He led Italy during a political transition and shaped his beloved country ever since.
My condolences to his family and the Italian people.
— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) June 12, 2023
And inside TwitterBerlusconi’s compatriot Roberta Metzola, now president of the European Parliament, recalled him as “a fighter who led the centre-right as a protagonist of politics in Italy and Europe for generations”.
From football to politics
Silvio Berlusconi’s name began to gain international fame when he reached the seat of power at AC Milan, one of the most famous football clubs in the world. Between 1986 and 2017, his leadership Rossoneri (occasionally interrupted by government activity) covered the northern Italian icon’s most illustrious period, ending with 29 titles, including five Champions Leagues and eight Serie A championships.
The club, where Portuguese player Rafael Liao plays, also paid tribute to its former president: “AC Milan deeply regrets the passing of the unforgettable Silvio Berlusconi. Thank you President for always being with us”.
Monza, which was bought by Silvio Berlusconi in 2018, lamented the “loss” of the Italian League club’s owner, creating a “vacuum that will never be filled”.
“Hardcore explorer. Extreme communicator. Professional writer. General music practitioner. Prone to fits of apathy.”