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Silvio Berlusconi: Italy's once-untouchable prime minister 14 June 2016 From the sectionEurope Image copyrightGETTY IMAGESImage captionBerlusconi dominated Italian politics from the 1990s until 2013Few Italians have wielded more influence and attracted more notoriety than Silvio Berlusconi, four-time prime minister and billionaire businessman. For years he successfully brushed off sex scandals and allegations of corruption but it was the effects of Italy's burgeoning eurozone debt crisis in 2011 that finally spelt an end to his time at the top table of politics.