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In pictures: Silvio Berlusconi in power
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The self-made businessman turned politician is voted in again as Italian prime minister in May 2001.
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But his outspokenness also sparks controversy. Shortly after the 9/11 attacks, Mr Berlusconi suggests Western civilisation is superior to Islam.
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And he must defend himself in court. In June 2003, his government passes an immunity law to protect him from standing trial in a corruption case, but the law is overturned.
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He presides over Italy's EU presidency in 2003, when he compares a German MEP to a Nazi concentration camp guard.
Silvio Berlusconi at funeral of Italian servicemen killed in Iraq
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Also in 2003, Mr Berlusconi suffers domestically for his support for the US over Iraq.
Silvio Berlusconi, pre- and post-op
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But he emerges fresh for the job in January 2004, after cosmetic surgery.
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Mr Berlusconi continues to rally the troops with a visit to Italian soldiers in Nasiriya, Iraq, in April.
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And he can afford to smile as his party Forza Italia marks 10 years since its first victory in 1994.



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05 May 04  |  Europe



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