Boris Johnson and Nicholas Farrell

Forza Berlusconi! Silvio in Sardinia

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Silvio Berlusconi, who had three spells as Italian prime minister, has died at the age of 86. Boris Johnson, at the time editor of this magazine, and Nicholas Farrell were summoned to interview him in 2003.

It is twilight in Sardinia. The sun has vanished behind the beetling crags. The crickets have momentarily stopped.

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