Furore over European parliament president’s Mussolini comments

Looks like a duck, walks like a duck, sounds like an Il Duce! Fascist!

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Antonio Tajani widely rebuked for saying fascist dictator had done positive things for Italy

The president of the European parliament is under fire for downplaying the crimes of Benito Mussolini, after he said Italy’s fascist dictator had done positive things for the country.

Antonio Tajani, a close ally of the former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, told Italian radio that Mussolini had a good track record on developing infrastructure:“I’m not a fascist, I have never been a fascist and I don’t share [Mussolini’s] political thought, but if we must be honest, he built roads, bridges, buildings,” he said. “He reclaimed many parts of our Italy.”

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