Berlusconi: Merkel 'Unf***able'

Italian PM recorded dissing German chancellor in phone call

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 15, 2011 6:56 AM CDT

(Newser) – Maybe Silvio Berlusconi mistook Angela Merkel for a lady on the prowl instead of the leader of one of the globe's more stable economies: The cringe-inducing Italian PM's latest involves a phone conversation—with a newspaper editor, not a fraternity brother—in which he reportedly refers to the 57-year-old German chancellor as "an unfuckable fat ass." The phone call turned out to be taped, as these things so often are, and is now making the rounds as part of a blackmail investigation.

A Berlusconi-owned newspaper dismisses the reports as "gossip." Germany's Bild newspaper took the matter somewhat more seriously, yesterday running a headline that read: "Did Berlusconi insult our Chancellor Merkel?" It's not the first time Berlusconi has dissed his German counterpart, reports the Daily Mail. At a summit two years ago, Berlusconi let Merkel cool her heels while he chatted away on the cell phone, while the year before, he pounced on her from behind a statue as he shouted "peek a boo!"

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks with Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi at an EPP party meeting ahead of an EU summit in Brussels, Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010.   (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi shake hands at the chancellery in Berlin, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011.   (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
In this on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011 file photo Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi listens during a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin.   (AP Photo/Shane McMillan, File)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi listen to their national anthems at the chancellery in Berlin, January 12, 2011.   (Getty Images)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi kiss each other in front of the chancellery in Berlin, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011.   (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
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