July 05, 2003

Berlusconi: I Never Apologized to Germany

Berlusconi asserts that he did not apologize to Germany:

"I have not made any apology as far as the case of the German lawmaker is concerned," Berlusconi told reporters who asked him about the incident. "On the contrary, I have underlined strongly that I felt offended for the grave words that had been directed not only toward me but toward my country."

"I have added that if anybody interpreted what was meant as an ironic joke as damage to a deep feeling of a country, I was very sorry," he continued. "But I have not apologized."