Silvio Berlusconi,

Italian prime minister, created a diplomatic furor on the day he became president of the European Union (a rotating position) when he compared a German legislator to a Nazi concentration-camp guard. Earlier in the year, the Italian Parliament spared Berlusconi from a corruption trial when it passed a law granting Italy's top leaders, including the prime minister, immunity from prosecution. He'll face trial for allegedly bribing judges in 1985 when he leaves office.

William Bennett,2003 People in the NewsLadan and Laleh Bijani,