Berlusconi jailed for four years – but he held up eurozone recovery for almost as long

The news that ex-Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has been sentenced to four years in prison for tax fraud has been greeted with almost universal glee.

The king of bunga bunga avoided paying taxes on the rights that Mediaset, his television company, paid for American films, an Italian court ruled this afternoon.

But Berlusconi’s real crime in the eyes of his fellow eurozone leaders was the way he held hostage any attempts to solve the sovereign debt crisis for many months.

Privately, officials from eurozone governments…

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