Italy’s political impasse extended into a second month as a 10-man committee named by President Giorgio Napolitano started work on building consensus toward a new government before his term expires in six weeks.
President Giorgio Napolitano was preparing for a second day of talks with leaders of Italy’s fractious parliament as he seeks to broker a compromise on forming a government in Europe’s fourth-largest economy.
Beppe Grillo’s senators-elect, who hold a blocking minority in Italy’s upper house of parliament, may consider staging a confidence-vote walk-out to allow a political rival to form a government and ease gridlock.
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 voters, weary of funding scandals and austerity, are getting new-look politicians who aim to please by swimming to Sicily and renouncing sex in a regional election that may shape Prime Minister Mario Monti’s future.