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What is the secret to Silvio Berlusconi's dolce vita?

The question about Silvio Berlusconi is not so much will he survive a no confidence motion next week, but more how he has survived as Italy's prime minister for so many of the last 16 years?

Newsnight's Peter Marshall has been finding out.

Broadcast on Wednesday 8 December 2010.

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