Silvio Berlusconi, who has served three separate terms (10 years total) as Prime Minister of Italy since 1994, has agreed to step down after he passes a set of economic austerity measures demanded by the E.U. so as to prevent Italy’s economy from collapsing (it’s too large to bail out à-la-Greek). What is interesting from the perspective of this class is how he has been forced to resign over the economic problems that face Italy today. He has in the past, however, maintained power through scandals involving prostitutes, underage relations, 2 divorces, and a fraud case involving his media empire. Could this be another indication of the economic sphere’s domination of the political sphere?