It sounds like a joke headline, but it’s not.
The Italian election could be delayed because of a man called Giuseppe Pizza.
With less than two weeks until polling day, he succeeded in getting a court to overturn a decision to ban his Christian Democrat (DC) party from running. He had initially been banned from the election because the symbol of his tiny party – which appears on ballot papers – looked too similar to that of the larger Union of Christian Democrat (UDC) party.
The government hopes a higher court will overturn the appeal early next week. If it does not, the election could be delayed, Interior Minister Giuliano Amato has said. Both main contenders, Silvio Berlusconi and Walter Veltroni, want the vote to take place on schedule.