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In December 2003, Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi played host to
Slovenian premier Anton Rop, whose country is adjacent to Italy’s northeastern
frontier.“I’m very happy to be here today,” Berlusconi told the
assembled journalists, “with the prime minister of Slovakia” – obviously
confusing his neighbor, a former Yugoslav republic, with one of the successor
states to Czechoslovakia.