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    Italian PM has a pop at British wine...


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    ROME (Reuters) - Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi sent his Swedish counterpart 24 bottles of Italian wine on Tuesday, saying it was to help him recover from having to drink British wine at a European Union summit last week.

    Prime Minister Tony Blair hosted the summit in Brussels and offered Swedish Prime Minister Goran Persson and his other guests Welsh white wine and English red wine.

    "(Persson) was so aghast at the English wines at the summit that I promised to send him some of our wines," Berlusconi told a group of foreign journalists, adding that he had dispatched 24 bottles of cabernet sauvignon.

    "Up to 24 bottles is fine. More than that is corruption," Berlusconi joked.

    The Italian leader has not always been so considerate about Scandinavian taste buds.

    He once famously derided Finnish cooking as the Italian city of Parma battled with Helsinki for the honour of hosting a new EU food safety authority.

    "Parma is synonymous with good cuisine. The Finns don't even know what prosciutto is," he told an EU summit in December 2001.
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