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Apr 22, 2013

Analysis: Italy deadlock close to an end but problems not over

ROME (Reuters) – Months of paralyzing political deadlock seem close to an end in Italy with a new government possible within the week, but there are still questions over whether the stability can last.

President Giorgio Napolitano has reluctantly been re-elected for an unprecedented second term after traditional politicians begged him to stay on and deal with one of the most turbulent moments in recent Italian political history.

Apr 19, 2013

Prodi quits Italy president race, leaving center-left in chaos

ROME (Reuters) – Former Prime Minister Romano Prodi withdrew from the race for the Italian presidency on Friday, deepening the chaos in the center-left after party rebels helped his old enemy Silvio Berlusconi scupper his candidacy.

The collapse of efforts by the center-left to secure the presidency for Prodi underlines the deep fractures running through politics in a country still seeking a government nearly two months after February’s inconclusive general election.

Apr 19, 2013

Italian parliament fails to elect state president in slap to Bersani

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s parliament failed to elect a new state president in the first two votes on Thursday with a centre-left rebellion against leader Pier Luigi Bersani torpedoing his official candidate and prolonging a political stalemate.

Until the new president is elected, the paralysis hobbling attempts to form a government since February’s inconclusive general election will continue, and a chaotic day of voting showed how fractured the political landscape remains.

Apr 18, 2013

Italy parliament fails to elect state president

ROME, April 18 (Reuters) – Italy’s parliament failed to
elect a new state president in its first vote on Thursday, with
divisions in the centre-left alliance torpoedoing a quick
victory for its official candidate Franco Marini.

Marini, a former Senate speaker, won just over 520 votes,
well below the required two thirds majority or 672 of the 1007
members of both houses of parliament and regional
representatives in the presidential poll.

Apr 4, 2013

Scenarios for Italy crisis, uncertainty could drag on

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s political crisis, already a month old, could drag on for at least several more weeks and is now inextricably tied up with the vote for a successor to President Giorgio Napolitano, the man in charge of finding a solution.

An election on Feb 24-25 pushed Italy into limbo with a huge protest vote for the populist 5-Star Movement splitting parliament three ways, wrecking the established bipolar system and leaving no group with enough support to rule alone.

Apr 2, 2013

Parties carp as Italy’s “wise men” seek end to political crisis

ROME, April 2 (Reuters) – Italian President Giorgio
Napolitano expressed despair on Tuesday at fierce criticism of
his latest plan to end a post-election deadlock that has raised
fears of months of instability in the euro zone’s third largest
economy.

Two groups of “wise men” appointed by Napolitano to try to
forge a policy compromise between squabbling parties to end the
impasse since the Feb. 24-25 election started work on Tuesday.
Napolitano said they would report back in 8-10 days.

Apr 2, 2013

Italy’s “wise men” seek to end political crisis; president gloomy

ROME (Reuters) – Italian President Giorgio Napolitano expressed despair on Tuesday at fierce criticism of his latest plan to end a post-election deadlock that has raised fears of months of instability in the euro zone’s third largest economy.

Two groups of “wise men” appointed by Napolitano to try to forge a policy compromise between squabbling parties to end the impasse since the February 24-25 election started work on Tuesday. Napolitano said they would report back in 8-10 days.

Mar 29, 2013

No end to Italy deadlock despite president’s efforts

ROME (Reuters) – Italy remained in political deadlock on Friday after a new round of talks led by President Giorgio Napolitano failed to break the stalemate created by elections last month that left no group able to form a government alone.

Napolitano, 87, conducted a swift round of talks with the three main forces in parliament on Friday after the failure of a week of efforts by center-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani to win support for a new government.

Mar 29, 2013

No end to Italy deadlock as president meets parties

ROME (Reuters) – Italy remained in political deadlock on Friday after a new round of talks led by President Giorgio Napolitano failed to break the stalemate created by elections last month that left no group able to form a government alone.

Napolitano, 87, conducted a swift round of talks with the three main forces in parliament on Friday after the failure of a week of efforts by center-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani to win support for a new government.

Mar 28, 2013

Attempt to end Italy crisis fails, president mulls next move

ROME (Reuters) – Center-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani has failed in his attempt to find a way out of Italy’s intractable political crisis and President Giorgio Napolitano will now try to find another solution, the president’s palace said on Thursday.

Bersani reported back to Napolitano on Thursday night after being given a mandate almost a week ago to see if there was a way to form a government after an inconclusive election in February which plunged Italy into deadlock.

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      "I am the Editor or cluster chief in charge of Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece. I have previously worked all over the world in a long career with Reuters which has taken me from Asia to the United States. My positions have included Americas production editor, World Desk editor, Middle East Editor and Africa editor. I recently planned our multi-media coverage of the soccer World Cup in South Africa and reported extensively on the tournament and its impact on the continent. I will be based in Rome from November"
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