I am a bit wondering how things are taken out of proportion in the media and howw the reaction in public and by officials is. Maybe our media is overemphazising it, but they say, that italian newspapers make it a headline, that Steinbrück, the German candidate for chancellor of the social democrats in 2013 said that he is astonished that a majority in Italy has voted for two Clowns (meaning the one real Clown, who does it as a profession and Berlusconi). Members of the conservative party in Germany are critizising Steinbrück for harming the european relationships, so it is not only the Italian press... but why can't we (or one in gerneral) call Berlusconi a clown, when he is not a serious politician with an ethic for doing good in his job and for his country? The italian president is in Germany today, visited the German president yesterday and today he (a comunist) cancelled an evening dinner with Steinbrück, because he finds it an insult. When Berlusconi compared Martin Schulz (social democrats and member of the european socialist faction), the president of the EU parliament, to the goofy KZ-watchman Schulz in an american sitcom, no one argued about Berlusconi. When a journalist of a German newspaper is saying Israel is not doing well in human rights concerning Palestine. The council of the jewish presidency compares him to a propaganda person of the third Reich. When Berlusconi uses the international commemoration day for the holocaust to release an article about "Mussolini - a great politician" no one seems to care. In european neighbour countries (Netherlands, France, Denmark, Bulgaria, Belarus) the extreme right gets 15-30% in elections and no one in the media starts an out cry (by the way in Germany every election the right extremeist party gets only 1-2% of votes, only with 5% minimum parties are allowed to take part in the parliament). Why do we still all measure same things in different ways? PS: the reason why Steinbrück is seen as harming the european relationship is, because the compare the latest statement to the statement, were Steinbrück was critizising Switzerland for helping Germans in defraudation of taxes. I mean, he is a social democrat, what would you expect from a left wing member, other than critizising on financial things and economy?