G8 Calls to Oust Italy From Group for Chaotic Summit, US Making Rogue “Sherpa Calls”

July 7, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Silvio Berlusconi, President of Italy and aging playboy is coming under heavy criticism this week on the eve of the G8 Summit, for his chaotic and poor planning of the event and failing to deliver on previous development aid promises.

As G8 leaders and their spouses descend on the earthquake ravaged town of L’Aquila for the summit hosted by the Italians, they have not only been greeted with the absence of a meaningful agenda, but also must face the prospect of significant seismic aftershocks, just three months after a massive earthquake.

The behind the scenes carping and criticism of the event is starting to make its way to the ears of the media. “The Italians have no ideas and have decided that best thing to do is to spread the agenda extremely thinly to obscure the fact that they didn’t really have an agenda,” declared Richard Gowan, an analyst for International Cooperation at New York University.

“The G8 is a club, and clubs have membership dues. Italy has not been paying them,” sneered an unnamed European official.

To salvage something from the event, it’s being reported that Americans have grabbed the reins and initiated its own “sherpa calls,” which are conference calls between senior officials. Organizing rogue sherpa calls is apparently unprecedented, with one G8 official referring to the action as “a nuclear option,” as the hosting country usually spearheads the calls.

However, in the wake of Italy’s somnolence, Washington officials have taken steps to get the ball rolling.

As criticism of Italy’s poor preparation increases, there is talk of dumping Italy from the G8 group and replacing the slacker country with Spain.

With Berlusconi embroiled in several scandals at home, involving prostitutes, wild parties and a certain under-aged Italian model, it’s no wonder his attention is elsewhere.

Meanwhile, Carla Bruni, Italian wife of the French President Nicolas Sarkozy is snubbing the gathering of leaders’ spouses in Rome, perhaps in solidarity of an online petition urging the G8 spouses to boycott the summit, because of Berlusconi’s “offensive” behavior towards women.

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