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The next year proved to be one of extremes for the veteran politician. He was praised for his handling of the devastating earthquake that struck the Italian town of L'Aquila in April 2009, and survived criticism after urging survivors to see their plight like "a weekend of camping."
Berlusconi: Italy's most colorful, controversial public figure - CNN.com
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