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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

More than 24 bottles is corruption

The Italians may have a perspective on international relations that has escaped less civilized nations.
ROME (Reuters) - Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi sent his Swedish counterpart 24 bottles of Italian wine on Tuesday, saying it was to help him recover from having to drink British wine at a European Union summit last week.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair hosted the summit in Brussels and offered Swedish Prime Minister Goran Persson and his other guests Welsh white wine and English red wine.

"(Persson) was so aghast at the English wines at the summit that I promised to send him some of our wines," Berlusconi told a group of foreign journalists, adding that he had dispatched 24 bottles of cabernet sauvignon. [And here I thought cabernet was French. Mon dieu! ed.]

"Up to 24 bottles is fine. More than that is corruption," Berlusconi joked.

// posted by Ellen @  19:06   //Permalink// 
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