Silvio Berlusconi said that construction of the Messina bridge will begin between December this year and January 2010.
He quoted, "In December-January we will begin that great and fundamental piece of infrastructure for Sicily, which is the bridge on the Strait of Messina,"
When it is completed, it will be the longest suspension bridge in the world, at over 3.3 kilometres in length.
Berlusconi also commented that Italy must "wake up from a long sleep!" There have also been reports that he has set up a PR machine that will face head on any bad publicity in the International press.
If I was him I would also be concerned about his own profile globally - maybe he should tone things down a little!!