Berlusconi Taps Babes as Italy's EU Reps

From strip joints to Italian cabinet to Strasbourg
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Apr 23, 2009 5:20 AM CDT
Critics have blasted Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi for moving his "harem" into government positions.    (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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(Newser) – A bevy of beauties with no previous political experience have been tapped by randy Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi to represent Italy in European Parliament elections, reports the Times of London. But first, they're undergoing a crash course in politics and current affairs. Berlusconi, 72, has surrounded himself with models, stars and strippers, including one he made a cabinet minister, and has been photographed dandling them on his knee. It's not an activity popular with his wife.