Italy's clown prince

04/6/2009 | BBC

Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of Italy seems to go from one gaffe to the next. Just days after a royal scolding for shouting a greeting to President Barack Obama, Berlusconi gave German leader Angela Merkel the universal "I'm on the phone" hand sign and left her jilted on the red carpet at a NATO ceremony in Strasbourg. The footage -- Berlusconi pacing with phone to ear, Merkel trying not to look embarrassed in the prolonged snubbing -- is a scream. Meanwhile, the video of Queen Elizabeth chiding him has become a YouTube wonder.

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