Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi ’s rift with his party’s co-founder Gianfranco Fini is hurting his popularity as the government prepares budget cuts to prevent the Greek crisis from spreading to Italy.
Mario Monti, a former European Union competition chief, once told companies like Microsoft Corp. what to do. As Italy’s next premier, he would face a tougher task getting Italians to overhaul the region’s third-biggest economy.
Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, campaigning to retain influence after elections next month, is facing a challenge from an ex-anti-mafia prosecutor who wants to break the premier’s hold on the recession-scarred country.
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and Gianfranco Fini, the leader of a group that left the premier’s party last month, said they were open to talks aimed at keeping the government afloat if the two sides agree to tone down their criticism of each other.
Ukraine this week held a deeply flawed election, in which the main opposition leader was jailed and the biggest gains went to a party of neo-fascists, who appear to have won 10 percent of the vote. For a country that eight years ago staged an inspiring uprising to overturn a stolen election, it’s hard to imagine a more depressing outcome.
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi ’s government risked unraveling after the co-founder of his ruling party called on the premier to resign and threatened to pull his ministers out of the administration.
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi took steps to expel Gianfranco Fini from the People of Liberty party they co-founded, a move that may end the premier’s parliamentary majority two years into his term.