No, not Berlusconi this time, nor even the chiselling little crooks infesting the Berleymonstre in Brussels, but the world's drug barons, mafia hoods, terrorists and assorted underworld scum who are all wild for the €500 note. We're now told that even Bin Laden had one sewn into his pajamas in case he needed to make a quick getaway. I've never actually seen one, and the chances are that you haven't either; this is because the majority of notes in circulation are held and exchanged by the criminal gangs.
Let's be clear here. The reason neither the dollar nor the pound Sterling are available in high-denomination notes is because the respective US and British governments have decided quite responsibly that these are too attractive to the scum underbelly of our world. The EU clearly believes that assisting global criminality is more important than responsible governance. It tells you everything you need to know about the corruption of the Brussels cabal.