Berlusconi tempts investors with secretaries

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s controversial humour has struck again when he vaunted the attractions of Italian secretaries to potential American investors.

    Poor jokes: The Italian leader has offended different groups

    The billionaire businessman-turned politician, speaking on Tuesday at the New York Stock Exchange, said among the reasons to invest in Italy include "fewer Communists" and his own investments there.

    “And another reason to invest in Italy is that we have beautiful secretaries,” said Berlusconi, risking outrage in a country where sexist remarks are regarded as seriously offensive.

    Noting that Rome had scrapped inheritance tax, Berlusconi joked that “the invitation could be: come and die in Italy”.

    The Italian premier has sparked anger at home and abroad a number of times.

    He has compared a German legislator to a Nazi concentration camp guard and said Italian dictator Benito Mussolini never killed anyone and merely sent opponents on holidays.

    He sought to explain the comments as misunderstood jokes.

    SOURCE: Reuters


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    The shocking story of Israel's disappeared babies

    The shocking story of Israel's disappeared babies

    New information has come to light about thousands of mostly Yemeni children believed to have been abducted in the 1950s.

    Stories from the sex trade

    Stories from the sex trade

    Dutch sex workers, pimps and johns share their stories.

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    As the stigma associated with being childless persists, some elderly women in India risk it all to become mothers.