A new wave of anti-immigration, populist candidates are in serious contention across Europe, shocking the political establishment. But one European leader was ahead of the curve: former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. Berlusconi essentially wrote the Donald Trump playbook: a media-savvy real estate mogul turned populist campaigner, he mobilized voter sentiment against immigrants, and used his personal charisma to brush off scandals about his taxes and his personal life.
Even today, at the age of 80, Berlusconi is popular enough to consider mounting a comeback. VICE founder Shane Smith sat down with him at his opulent home near Milan.
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