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Mar 19, 2013

Italian president seeks way out of political stalemate

ROME (Reuters) – Italian President Giorgio Napolitano starts consultations with political leaders on Wednesday to see if any of them has a chance of forming a government after last month’s election left no party with a majority in parliament.

Italy’s political stalemate and the prospect of months of political uncertainty has created alarm across Europe just as the standoff over bank deposits in Cyprus reawakened fears that the euro zone debt crisis could flare up again.

Mar 17, 2013

Italian president urges unity as poll pressure grows

ROME (Reuters) – Italian President Giorgio Napolitano appealed to political leaders on Sunday to work together to form a government, but his appeal fell on deaf ears and pressure grew for a new poll after last month’s deadlocked election.

The threat of months of political instability following the inconclusive ballot has triggered warnings across Europe that Italy cannot afford to delay urgent reforms to shore up its massive public debt and boost its sickly economy, now stuck in recession for over a year.

Mar 17, 2013

Italy’s Grillo warns members who defied vote orders

ROME, March 17 (Reuters) – Beppe Grillo, leader of Italy’s
5-Star Movement, accused parliamentarians in his group who
defied party orders over a secret ballot of lying and told them
to “take the consequences”, sparking furious online debate among
his followers.

In the first sitting of parliament since February’s
inconclusive election, a handful of Senators from the
anti-establishment 5-Star Movement cast their ballots with the
centre-left in an election to choose the new speaker, despite
instructions to cast a blank vote.

Mar 17, 2013

Italy’s Bersani seeks way out of political deadlock

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s center-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani said on Sunday he would seek the backing of parliament for his policies on creating jobs and fighting corruption in the absence of enough support to form a government.

Stalemate after a deadlocked election in February and the threat of months of political instability has triggered alarm across Europe and warnings that Italy cannot afford to delay urgently needed reforms to boost its sickly economy.

Mar 16, 2013

Italy parliament elects speakers as tensions continue

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s center-left alliance scraped a narrow victory in a vote to appoint the new speakers of parliament on Saturday but the fragile margin of success underlined how hard it will be to form a stable government after last month’s deadlocked election.

The appointment of the speakers was parliament’s first act since the February election, in which the center-left formation of Pier Luigi Bersani won a lower house majority but not enough to control the Senate and form a government.

Mar 16, 2013

Italy parties deadlocked as parliament opens

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s divided parties failed to overcome their differences in a vote for parliamentary speakers on Saturday, deepening the stalemate after last month’s deadlocked elections and raising the prospect of a return to the polls within months.

Italy has been caught in an impasse since the election in February that saw the center-left alliance of Pier Luigi Bersani gain a lower house majority but miss the numbers needed to control the Senate as well and form a government.

Mar 16, 2013

Italy president tells Monti to stay until new government formed

ROME (Reuters) – Italian President Giorgio Napolitano told Prime Minister Mario Monti on Saturday he would need to stay on as long as political parties fail to reach an accord that would allow a new government to be established after a deadlocked election.

Italy has been mired in political stalemate since the February vote that saw the center-left alliance of Pier Luigi Bersani secure a majority in the lower house but fail to win the numbers to control the Senate as well and form a government.

Mar 15, 2013

Italian parliament meets to seek way out of election gridlock

ROME (Reuters) – The Italian parliament convened on Friday for the first time since last month’s deadlocked election with no sign of a deal to end the stalemate and yield a new government able to tackle reforms in Europe’s troubled third largest economy.

The parties have so far failed to find a way out of the impasse created by the election, which left the center-left with a majority in the lower house but without the numbers to control the Senate and form a government.

Mar 14, 2013

Italy center-left tries for deal as parliament meets

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s center-left alliance made a final bid for an accord with the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement on Thursday as the divided political parties prepared for their first encounter in parliament since last month’s deadlocked election.

The parties have so far failed to find a way out of the stalemate created by the election, which left the center-left with a majority in the lower house but without the numbers to control the Senate and form a government.

Mar 13, 2013

Italy’s Berlusconi promises parliamentary battle against magistrates

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s former prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, facing trial on tax fraud and sex charges and under investigation for suspected political bribery, promised to take on prosecutors after parliament opens this week.

The leader of the People of Freedom (PDL) party has often clashed with magistrates during his two decades in politics but problems have escalated this month as his trial on charges of paying for sex with an under-age prostitute has neared its end.