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.
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said his party, the biggest in parliament, may end support for Premier Mario Monti’s government because its policies are deepening the country’s recession.
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi suffered his second electoral repudiation in two weeks as Italians voted to overturn legislation he sponsored, weakening his grip on power and increasing the chance of early elections.
Former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi threw his week-old political comeback into doubt, signaling he’d yield if Premier Mario Monti agrees to enter the election campaign as part of a coalition of “moderates.”
Prime Minister Mario Monti can’t run in elections due in 2013 as he already holds a permanent seat in Parliament following his appointment as senator-for-life last year, Italian President Giorgio Napolitano said.
President Giorgio Napolitano, a former communist resistance fighter who negotiated Silvio Berlusconi’s resignation, is preparing his final political battle as he seeks to steer Italy out of its latest government crisis before his term expires in May.
Democratic Party leader Pier Luigi Bersani will probably win Italian elections this month, though he will need an alliance with outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti to govern, the final polls of the campaign showed.