Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti was forced to apologise for saying that if the previous government of Silvio Berlusconi was in power the country would be in serious financial trouble.

This indicates just how powerful and popular his flambouyant predecessor still is.

And Berlusconi recently hinted that he might stand in the national elections next year, hoping to become prime minister for the fourth time in 20 years

Al Jazeera's Claudio Lavanga reports from Rome.

Source: Al Jazeera