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.
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 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.
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.
Below are some possible scenarios and some frequently asked questions about the formation of the new Italian government following the inconclusive vote on Feb. 24-25. Pre-election favorite Democratic Party leader Pier Luigi Bersani won the lower house by less than a half percentage point, while falling short of a majority in the Senate.
Pier Luigi Bersani is traveling from Palermo to Naples with a spread-the-wealth message to fend off populist rival Beppe Grillo in two poor regions pollsters say are vital to gaining control of Italy’s Senate.