Berlusconi drags his party to destruction before Italy vote

ROME - Five years after he won one of Italy's biggest postwar election victories, Silvio Berlusconi is dragging his own party towards destruction by a mixture of indecision and refusal to withdraw gracefully.
The man who triumphantly dominated Italian politics for 17-years before he was humiliatingly driven from power a year ago, is in steep decline, beset on all sides by problems ranging from his business empire to his scandal-plagued personal life.
Anyone reading newspaper headlines about the flamboyant 76-year-old billionaire could be excused for feeling dizzy.
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