1. Deadlock Looms After Italians Return Divided Parliament

    Italy faces political paralysis as neither the left nor the right wins an absolute majority.

    Former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's right wing coalition emerged from Italy's two day election with a plurality of the seats in the Senate while the left wing Partito Democratico and its allies took control of the lower house of parliament. The southern European country that just over…
  1. Italy’s Left Struggles to Take Control of Legislature

    Italy’s left wing parties are ahead in the polls but may fall short of a majority.

    Although Italy's largest left wing party is expected to emerge with a plurality of the votes from Sunday's and Monday's election, it will likely struggle to take a majority in the upper chamber of parliament where centrist parties…
  1. South Tyrolean Separatists Reject Left Wing Alliance

    German speaking populists in Italy’s far north criticize an election pact with the left.

    When Italians elect a new parliament later this month, a German speaking minority in the far north of the country will be contemplating secession. As in other wealthy regions in Europe, inhabitants of South Tyrol feel that they're unfairly paying for the revitalization of…
  1. British, Germans Fear Italians to Return Berlusconi

    The German finance minister urges Italians not to “repeat the error” of voting for Berlusconi.

    The German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble was quoted on Friday as saying that Silvio Berlusconi's return to the premiership…
  1. Berlusconi Makes Italians Offer They Can’t Refuse

    The former premier promises Italians tax relief and surges in preelection polls.

    Italy's right wing leader Silvio Berlusconi on Sunday promised sweeping tax reductions if his party is elected to government later this month. Notably, he advocated the elimination of a hated property tax implemented by…
  1. Italy’s Left Rules Out Centrist Coalition After Election

    Italy’s left wing leaders do not intended to prop up another Mario Monti government.

    Italy's left wing leader Pier Luigi Bersani on Thursday dismissed the possibility of breaking his alliance with smaller Green and socialist parties in favor of a centrist coalition that includes the supporters of incumbent prime minister Mario Monti's…
  1. Italy’s Monti Open to Broad Coalition, Left Surges

    Monti is willing to govern with the right, provided Berlusconi resigns.

    Italy's technocrat prime minister Mario Monti said in a radio interview on Friday that he was willing to consider a broad coalition with Silvio Berlusconi's conservative party, provided the former premier wasn't part of it. Meanwhile, the left wing Partito Democratico continued to rise…
  1. Italy’s Berlusconi, Separatists Seal Electoral Alliance

    The former Italian prime minister maintains his coalition with the separatist Lega Nord.

    Italy's conservative leader Silvio Berlusconi announced on Monday that his party had struck an election deal with the separatist Lega Nord, his coalition partner in previous right wing governments. The…
  1. Italy’s Left Tops Prime Ministerial Poll, Monti Second

    Silvio Berlusconi is unlikely to return to the premiership, according to preelection polls.

    A CISE preelection survey published in the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore on Sunday found the country's left wing leader Pier Luigi Bersani in the lead to win the premiership. Incumbent technocrat Mario Monti, who announced on…