Silvio may have said out loud his assessment of the German Chancellor's bottom but there are public figures in Italy who display worse forms of vulgarity. Consider these profound economic assessments delivered oh so sententiously in that washing-the-words-round-the-palate, plummy tones of the President of the Republic; he is addressing Confindustria (whose members enjoy a certain entrepreneurial capacity).
Napolitano feels the need for removal of "normative and administrative inadequacies which prevent Italy from acquiring such significant potential resources [inward foreign investment].... "Today", we are told by the Head of State, no less, "the flow of foreign investment is crucial to give an innovative stimulus to production and employment recovery: not just to provide fresh capital, but contributions from people, and ideas, of production and organisational models, of new technologies and systems."*
Who would ever have thought this? Such innovative freshness of economic thought from our 88 year old. Take us away, Giorgio!
At least Berlusca knows what he's talking about.
* [only fair to put in the rotund phrases, the jejeune advice, as offered in the original, ed.]
".....rimuovere le inadeguatezze normative ed
amministrative che impediscono di acquisire all'Italia così
significative potenziali risorse». ..."Oggi l'afflusso di investimenti
dall'estero in Italia é cruciale per dare uno stimolo innovativo alla
ripresa produttiva e all'occupazione: non solo per l'apporto di capitali
freschi, ma il contributo di persone e di idee, di modelli produttivi e
organizzativi, di nuove tecnologie e sistemi".
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