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Feb 26, 2013

Red faces among Italian pollsters who got election wrong

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s election not only shocked the political establishment to the core, it left polling companies with egg on their face after they completely failed to predict the messy outcome and the spectacular resurgence of Silvio Berlusconi.

Opinion polls are banned in the last two weeks before Italian elections and the last public ones on February 8 almost all predicted a clear center-left victory, mostly by around five percentage points.

Feb 26, 2013

Italy’s showman Berlusconi pulls off another surprise

ROME, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Billionaire showman Silvio
Berlusconi has again pulled off an astonishing fight-back from
scandal and humiliation, coming within a whisker of success in
Italy’s election.

Before the Feb 24-25 vote, pollsters and analysts widely
predicted this would be the media magnate’s last hurrah and he
would be clearly beaten by his centre-left foes. They said he
would eventually disappear from the scene.

Feb 26, 2013

Huge protest vote leaves Italy facing deadlock

ROME (Reuters) – A huge protest vote by Italians enraged by economic hardship and political corruption left the euro zone’s third-largest economy facing a dangerous vacuum on Monday after an election in which no group won enough votes to form a government.

The result, in which anti-euro parties took more than 50 percent of the vote and a novice populist movement scored a stunning success, rocked global markets with fears of a new euro zone crisis.

Feb 25, 2013

Huge protest vote pushes Italy towards deadlock

ROME (Reuters) – A huge protest vote by Italians enraged by economic hardship and political corruption pushed the country towards deadlock after an election on Monday, with voting projections showing no coalition strong enough to form a government.

With more than two thirds of the vote counted, the projections suggested the centre left could have a slim lead in the race for the lower house of parliament.

Feb 25, 2013

Italy’s Berlusconi ahead in key Senate race -projections

ROME, Feb 25 (Reuters) – Projections from an early vote
count in Italy’s election on Monday showed Silvio Berlusconi’s
centre right slightly ahead in the Senate, a result that could
cause deep government instability if confirmed.

The projections on RAI, Sky, Mediaset and LA 7 television
stations were the reverse of earlier predictions from telephone
polls that showed the centre left taking a strong lead in both
houses of parliament.

Feb 25, 2013

Centre left takes strong lead in Italy election: polls

ROME (Reuters) – The centre left is strongly leading in Italy’s election, 5-6 percentage points ahead of the centre right of former premier Silvio Berlusconi, according to two telephone polls of voters.

A poll for Sky television published after voting ended at 1400 GMT (9 a.m ET), showed the anti-establishment protest movement of Beppe Grillo taking third place.

Feb 25, 2013

Protest votes increase uncertainty in Italy election

ROME (Reuters) – The centre left is strongly leading in Italy’s election, 5-6 percentage points ahead of the centre right of former premier Silvio Berlusconi, according to two telephone polls of voters.

A poll for Sky television published after voting ended at 1400 GMT (9 a.m ET), showed the anti-establishment protest movement of Beppe Grillo taking third place.

Feb 22, 2013

Outcome of Italy election deeply uncertain

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s election campaign drew to a close on Friday with the weak performance of outgoing premier Mario Monti key to a deeply uncertain and potentially unstable result.

Political leaders were holding their final rallies before a campaigning ban ahead of two days of voting on Sunday and Monday, and analysts said the result was too close to call.

Feb 22, 2013

Outcome of Italy election deeply uncertain two days before vote

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s election campaign drew to a close on Friday with the weak performance of outgoing premier Mario Monti key to a deeply uncertain and potentially unstable result.

Political leaders were holding their final rallies before a campaigning ban ahead of voting on Sunday and Monday, and analysts said the result was too close to call.

Feb 21, 2013

Berlusconi’s last throw of the dice in Italy election

ROME (Reuters) – Billionaire showman Silvio Berlusconi has again astonished Italy with a storming comeback that has frayed nerves in European capitals and among investors, but the signs are his final gamble has failed.

The 76-year-old media magnate and four-times prime minister looked down and out for much of 2012 after a jeering crowd hounded him from office in November 2011 as Italy tottered towards a Greek-style debt crisis.

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