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Tuomioja Slams Berlusconi

The Chairman of the Finnish Parliament's Grand Committee, Social Democratic MP Erkki Tuomioja has issued bitingly harsh criticism of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Writing in his personal blog, Tuomioja calls Berlusconi a disgrace to Italy and the whole of Europe.

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According to Tuomioja, Berlusconi speaks and acts in such a chauvinistic manner that he could hardly continue as prime minister in any other civilized country than Italy.

He also wrote that Berlusconi has acquired a fortune worth millions by unscrupulous means. Tuomioja, a former Finnish foreign minister, chairs the Grand Committee in Parliament which is responsible for Finland's EU affairs.

Silvio Berlusconi is known for his colourful speech. In the past he has criticized Finnish food and recently made a statement about visiting a "Finnish wooden church" that in Italy would have been demolished.

Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb has confirmed to the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera that Berlusconi was on a private visit to Finland in 1999. However, he is not known to have been taken for a visit to a wooden church.

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