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.
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.
Beppe Grillo, the comic banned from Italian television decades ago for ridiculing a corrupt cadre of ruling lawmakers, had his political satire rewarded yesterday with more than 160 seats in Parliament.
Cypriots will return to the ballot box on Feb. 24 to choose a leader who can steer the country away from financial collapse after the frontrunner in yesterday’s presidential election, Nicos Anastasiades, fell short of an outright victory.
As Nahit Kiler shows off an apartment on the 40th floor of his 54-story Istanbul Sapphire , the selling points include a sweeping view of the hills, minarets and waterways of this ancient city and, if one looks down, offices belonging to some of his business rivals.
Voting ended in Turkey’s general election with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan likely to get a mandate to reshape the secular constitution amid an economic boom that contrasts with upheavals to the east and west.