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How to insult a German: part one

“I know in Italy there is a man producing a film on Nazi concentration camps. I shall put you forward for the role of Kapo. You would be perfect.”

Berlusconi violated all the rules of diplomacy when, while speaking in the European Parliament in 2003, he suggested that Martin Schulz (pictured), a heckling German member of Parliament, would make an ideal Nazi concentration camp guard in an upcoming film.

Berlusconi expressed surprise that his remark had caused offense. "I'm sorry," he said. "I am saddened that there's been a misinterpretation."

Photo: Gerard Cerles / AFP / Getty Images