The suggestion that the only way to give Berlusconi a 'safe conduct' from his various legal difficulties is that he should be made a senator for life has been mooted. To match this breath-taking impertinence, Romano Prodi will also be appointed a life senator. All this, of course, if the 'approved' candidate of the Democratic party and the People of Liberty Party is elected to the Presidency and Bersani is given the premiership (or at least a try at it). The President appoints senators for life. There are, conveniently, two vacancies.
Former Prime Minister Prodi's view on all this is not known.