21 May 2014 Full video: Paxman interviews Berlusconi, and asks why he jumped out at Merkel from behind a pillar BBC's Newsnight ran an exclusive interview with ex-Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi last night. Watch it here. Sign UpGet the New Statesman\'s Morning Call email. Sign-up Last night, Newsnight ran Jeremy Paxman's exclusive interview with the former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. Paxman: - Asked him whether it's true Berlusconi called German chancellor Angela Merkel an "unfuckable lard-arse". - Questioned why he jumped out from behind a pillar and said "cuckoo" to Merkel. - Found out from Berlusconi his view of comedian and leader of Italy's largest party, the Five Star Movement, Beppe Grillo: "His behaviour reminds me of some of the most bloody and dangerous characters in history. He has many things in common with Robespierre, Stalin and Pol Pot." - Drew him on his private life, referring to the 'Bunga Bunga' parties, to which Berlusconi replied, "the Bunga Bunga accusations were the most amazing things, ridiculous! They manipulated reality." Watch it here: Mamma mia. › “This is one of the worst places in the world to be a woman” I'm a mole, innit. Subscribe For more great writing from our award-winning journalists subscribe for just £1 per month!