Silvio Berlusconi, 2003 News

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.

2003 People in the News