Italy faces political paralysis as neither the left nor the right wins an absolute majority.
Parliamentary elections took place in Italy on February 24 and 25, 2013. The left-wing Partito Democratico won a majority in the Chamber of Deputies were all 630 seats were contested. Former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s Il Popolo della Libertà and its right-wing allies won a plurality of the 315 elective Senate seats. Incumbent premier Mario Monti failed to win reelection on behalf of a coalition of centrist parties.
Italy’s left wing parties are ahead in the polls but may fall short of a majority.
German speaking populists in Italy’s far north criticize an election pact with the left.
The German finance minister urges Italians not to “repeat the error” of voting for Berlusconi.
The former premier promises Italians tax relief and surges in preelection polls.
Italy’s left wing leaders do not intended to prop up another Mario Monti government.
Monti is willing to govern with the right, provided Berlusconi resigns.
The former Italian prime minister maintains his coalition with the separatist Lega Nord.