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Trots sin unga ålder är Alessandro Bertoldi en välkänd konsult i Italien. Hans tjänster är eftertraktade av både politiker, entreprenörer och internationella organisationer. Som grundare av kommunikations- och lobbygruppen AB Group, ordförande för Milton Friedman Institute och chef för Alliance for Israel, inledde han sin karriär tillsammans med Silvio Berlusconi. I denna intervju, som först publicerades i den franska tidskriften ENTREVUE, han delar med sig av insikter om sin karriär och ger en inblick i sin vision av världen.

Din politiska resa började i mycket ung ålder, tillsammans med Silvio Berlusconi. Vad gillade du med honom?

ALESSANDRO BERTOLDI:

My generation was born witnessing Silvio Berlusconi’s constant presence in Italian public life. He started as an entrepreneur, publisher, and founder of the most important Italian television group. Later, he transitioned to a career in politics, becoming the Prime Minister with the longest tenure in our republican history.

Min passion för honom kom mer från hans unika personlighet än hans politik.

While Berlusconi was arguably Italy’s greatest businessman, he also faced heavy criticism at times..

Ja, han mötte betydande kritik för sin säregna personlighet. Som alla stora figurer utmärkte han sig i många egenskaper men hade också några tydliga brister.

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Hur var ditt första möte med honom?

“Fortunately, I met him through my friend Senator Michaela Biancofiore, who was close to him and eager to introduce us. At the time, I was already the leader of the centre-right students. One weekend in the winter of 2012, she took me to Arcore, in front of the front doors of her famous villa. I was speechless. The president greeted us with a broad smile. He showed me around his house and when we got to the dining room, Berlusconi said to me: “You see Alessandro, this is the famous ‘Bunga bunga!’ room, and he laughed. At the time, he had just been accused of having many parties with escort girls in his house, but as he told me, this accusation turned out to be defamatory and these parties were nothing more than dinners in which people sang and danced. In the years since, I attended several fun dinners, where nothing unusual ever happened. Before leaving, the photographer took a picture of us, and the president wanted to leave me in a big hug. A few months later, this photo was published in all the Italian newspapers, and at the age of 18, I became, by his decision, the youngest political leader in the history of Italy. Berlusconi has honoured me with his trust on several occasions, he has been welcoming, and affectionate and I will never forget that day. His good manners, intelligence, vision, elegance and generosity to others were extraordinary qualities, hard to find in such a rich and powerful man.

Hur upplevde du hans bortgång?

I had a very tough time. He had become a point of reference for everyone, a father figure for the country. I’m not ashamed to say it, I cried that day and felt a great emptiness. At his funeral, I felt the love that the Italian people had for him, the great legacy that this man left to the country, and I felt more at peace.

Med Milton Friedman Institute utkämpar du strider för individuella och ekonomiska friheter idag. Vilka är dina mål?

The Friedman Institute, which I co-founded, is a source of great pride for me. We are present in more than 30 countries around the world, and we fight for common values: economic and individual freedoms. From the defence of Israel’s right to exist to the defence of Ukraine’s sovereignty to the fight for the rights of the Iranian people, those of women, without forgetting, in the West, the battle against the excessive taxation that afflicts our companies. We also defend the fundamental protection of civil rights. Our goal is to become the largest Liberal “house” in the world.

Du har varit engagerad i dialog för fred i Ryssland, Ukraina och Mellanöstern i tio år. Vad tycker du om den nuvarande situationen?

Without freedom, there can be no human development in societies. Since 2014, we’ve been committed to resolving the Russia-Ukraine conflict. In that year, I proposed the South Tyrolean autonomy model as a solution, which reached the negotiating table in Minsk. Despite initial optimism, it did not materialize. In the Middle East, we have always paid particular attention to dialogue. The battle for the survival of the State of Israel, which was fundamental to us, must be waged in accordance with the two-state solution. We Italians, anticipated the Abrahamic pacts, promoting dialogue between the Arab countries and Israel. But now that there are no more leaders like Berlusconi, dialogue is no longer the priority, war is once again the “solution”. I am very worried because without dialogue, we are heading towards an increasingly global conflict.

Hur utvecklas italienska och europeiska samhällen idag?

Tyvärr blir dialogerna allt mindre frekventa i samhället och konflikterna fler. Det finns en tendens att tänka mindre. Den största förändringen är bristen på intresse för kulturella värden och traditioner. Utan en tydlig identitet blir det svårt att hitta en referenspunkt i livet. Värderingar som demokrati, individuella friheter, meritokrati, traditioner, språk, respekt för andras rättigheter och stärkandet av våra kulturer försummas alltför ofta idag.

What’s your next goal?

Jag strävar efter att vårt nätverk av professionella och liberaler ska spela en avgörande roll för att lösa konflikter och medla mot fredliga lösningar över hela världen. Att uppnå detta mål skulle vara en konkret dröm, som ger den största personliga tillfredsställelsen för mig och vår grupp vänner som är dedikerade till att främja fred och dialog. Idag finns det inget mer avgörande än att vara aktiva huvudpersoner och fredsförsvarare.

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