Berlusconi says he told Papandreou and Samaras of desire to buy Greek island

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi revealed on Sunday that he has tried to buy a Greek island.

The billionaire, who is a candidate in the current Italian election race, said that he had spoken to former Prime Minister George Papandreou and current Premier Antonis Samaras about acquiring a Greek islet.

The billionaire told reporters of his plans before casting his ballot and mistakenly referred to Papandreou as “Papadopoulos” before being corrected.

“I told Papandreou that if there is a nice island which I could buy, he should let me know,” he said, adding that prices of real estate had dropped as a result of the economic crisis.

“I also told Samaras that I wanted to buy an island,” added Berlusconi.

The government passed a law last week that allows islands to be leased, not sold, to investors and only if the transaction has the approval of the Defense Ministry.

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