Silvio Berlusconi calls Angela Merkel words I can’t put in this headline

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Silvio Berlusconi is kind of a world-class jerk, right? I'm pretty sure we can all agree on that, what with his frequenting underage prostitutes and gross-sounding "bunga bunga" parties and the frankly tacky outfits he dresses his sexy-time lady friends in. (Come on, dude — spring for something that doesn't look like it came from a Ricky's.) Combine that with an increasingly unstable economic and political environment in Italy, and you can imagine that his popularity is not exactly high.

Well, you can throw another log on the fire: word came out recently that Berlusconi, in a conversation with a reporter, gravely insulted German Chancellor (and most powerful woman in the world) Angela Merkel. Papers in Europe weren't repeating exactly what he said, just that it was bad. But they're repeating it now!

The gaffe-prone tycoon has been overheard referring to the German leader as an "unfuckable lard-arse", according to wiretaps reported by Italian newspapers. The offensive remark is the latest in a string of embarrassing revelations involving the 74-year-old Prime Minister, who three years ago caused a diplomatic incident by describing US President Barack Obama as "suntanned".

Hoo boy. Have a good time at the next G8 summit, Silvio. I'm sure you'll get a warm reception from everyone! Berlusconi hasn't yet made any comment on the incident, but I'm sure if he had, it would be something like, "Fuck off, you donkey-faced dock whore."

[Above: Textbook frenemies.]