It is not often that a divorce trial rises to political significance. The decision of the Appeals Court of Milan, admitting Silvio Berlusconi’s appeal against the previous ruling requiring him to pay €1.4 million per month to his ex-wife, Veronica Lario, is one of those rare cases.
For Lario, this is a doubly bitter pill to swallow. She will also have to return to her husband the payments he has already made since February 2014. These amount to €60 million — only €43 million if we take into account the pending damages for the period of separation, a dispute in which Lario has already obtained the seizure of €26 million from the accounts of her ex-husband.
There is, of course, no direct political impact, but in terms of image, it’s a different question.