";I hope that in Egypt there can be a transition toward a more democratic system without a break from president [Hosni] Mubarak, who in the West, above all in the United States, is considered the wisest of men and a precise reference point,' he said.
Oh, Silvio! You're so silly.
"'I hope there can be continuity in government,' he told reporters on Friday."
I mean, with jokers like this backing Mubarak, his fall from power is almost certainly assured. The Italian government was quick to backpedal on this statement, babbling that he meant someone like Mubarak should assume power.