Berlusconi set to wed 27-year-old

ERSTWHILE Italian politician Silvio Berlusconi has announced his engagement to his 27-year-old girlfriend, Francesca Pascale.

The former premier, known for his anti-euro rhetoric, is eyeing up a return to Italian politics ahead of general elections expected in February.

Mario Monti said last weekend that he would stand down as Italian Prime Minister once the 2013 budget was passed.

It has been just over a year since Berlusconi, now aged 76, was forced from office at the height of the financial crisis.