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Jan 11, 2013

Italians see instability after election, lose faith in Monti

ROME (Reuters) – Only one in seven Italians believe a stable government will emerge from elections next month and outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti’s popularity has dropped to a new low since his entry into the race, an opinion poll said on Friday.

Renewed instability and legislative paralysis after more than a year of technocratic government under Monti could make Italy once again the biggest concern in the euro zone.

Jan 9, 2013

Berlusconi seen falling short in Italy election

ROME, Jan 9 (Reuters) – Silvio Berlusconi has little chance
of destabilising a centre-left government after Italy’s February
election and outgoing premier Mario Monti is the most likely to
become kingmaker, one of Italy’s top experts on voting trends
said on Wednesday.

Political scientist Roberto D’Alimonte, a professor at the
Luiss private university in Rome, said the most likely result of
the election was a centre-left government strong enough to rule
alone or in coalition with Monti’s centrists.

Jan 9, 2013

Italy’s real election battle is Monti vs Berlusconi

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s election campaign is shaping up as a bitter contest not between right and left but between Silvio Berlusconi and outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti to win the balance of power after the February poll.

The final lines were drawn on Monday when Berlusconi sacrificed his own candidacy for prime minister as the price for winning a crucial new alliance with his estranged allies in the devolutionist Northern League.

Jan 8, 2013

Analysis – Italy’s real election battle is Monti vs Berlusconi

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s election campaign is shaping up as a bitter contest not between right and left but between Silvio Berlusconi and outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti to win the balance of power after the February poll.

The final lines were drawn on Monday when Berlusconi sacrificed his own candidacy for prime minister as the price for winning a crucial new alliance with his estranged allies in the devolutionist Northern League.

Jan 7, 2013

Berlusconi withdraws as candidate to win electoral pact

ROME, Jan 7 (Reuters) – Silvio Berlusconi withdrew as
candidate for Italy’s premiership on Monday as the price of a
pact with the devolutionist Northern League that could prevent
the formation of a stable government after next month’s
election.

Berlusconi has been striving for weeks to seal the deal with
his estranged former allies to strengthen the centre-right bloc,
under a strategy to stymie the centre-left government that is
expected to emerge from the election on Feb. 24-25.

Jan 7, 2013

Berlusconi strikes vital Italy election deal with League

ROME (Reuters) – Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on Monday announced an alliance with the devolutionist Northern League which could prevent the center-left forming a stable government after elections next month.

Berlusconi has been striving for weeks to seal the deal with his estranged former allies to strengthen the center-right bloc, under a strategy to stymie the center-left government which is expected to emerge from a February 24-25 election.

Dec 20, 2012

Berlusconi warns Monti not to stand in Italy election

ROME, Dec 20 (Reuters) – Silvio Berlusconi joined forces
with his leftwing opponents on Thursday to warn Mario Monti
against standing in the coming election, as uncertainty over the
outgoing premier’s plans stoked political tension in Italy.

Berlusconi told a radio phone-in programme it would be
“morally questionable” for Monti to run, emphasising the risks
of him being caught in right-left crossfire if he throws his hat
in the ring and loses his status of being above the fray.

Dec 12, 2012

Berlusconi “would back Monti as centre-right premier”

ROME (Reuters) – Silvio Berlusconi offered on Wednesday to stand back and make way for Mario Monti as Italy’s next leader if the outgoing technocrat premier agreed to run as the candidate for a center-right coalition.

At a book launch in Rome, Berlusconi issued a series of rambling and contradictory statements, although he confirmed he was currently still standing as the center-right candidate in the election.

Dec 11, 2012

Berlusconi move could undermine Monti agenda in Italy

ROME (Reuters) – Silvio Berlusconi’s decision to stand in Italian elections increases the risk of a large populist bloc in parliament that could severely hinder attempts to continue the legacy of outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti.

Monti, the man foreign governments and investors desperately want to continue governing Italy, announced his intention to resign on Saturday, soon after Berlusconi’s PDL party withdrew its support from his technocrat government and launched a frontal attack on his austerity policies.

Dec 11, 2012

Analysis: Berlusconi move could undermine Monti agenda in Italy

ROME (Reuters) – Silvio Berlusconi’s decision to stand in Italian elections increases the risk of a large populist bloc in parliament that could severely hinder attempts to continue the legacy of outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti.

Monti, the man foreign governments and investors desperately want to continue governing Italy, announced his intention to resign on Saturday, soon after Berlusconi’s PDL party withdrew its support from his technocrat government and launched a frontal attack on his austerity policies.

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