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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ROME, March 6 (Reuters) – Italian centre-left leader Pier
Luigi Bersani, under fire for failing to secure victory in last
week’s election, rallied his party on Wednesday behind a plan to
form a minority government backed by populist leader Beppe
Bersani, whose coalition threw away a 10-point lead in the
opinion polls before the Feb. 24-25 vote, won control of the
lower house but let slip a workable parliamentary majority by
failing to win the Senate.