20 February 2006
Silvio Berlusconi's press officer complains (Letters, February 10) about the use of the term neo-fascists by Tristram Hunt in his comment piece (February 6).
Now he has less cause for complaint. On Friday, Berlusconi signed an electoral agreement with Alessandra Mussolini's far-right Alternativa Sociale whose politics are unashamedly neo-fascist. Berlusconi is in a political alliance with an acknowledged fascist group, in the heart of Europe.
All democrats should mobilise to prevent him being re-elected.
Dr John Foot, Reader in Modern Italian History (UCL Italian), 'The Guardian', 20 February 2006