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Mon Jan 7, 2013, 06:40 AM

Berlusconi strikes election deal with League, wants to be economy minister

Source: Reuters

(Reuters) - Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Monday he had reached an agreement with the Northern League to run together in elections in February and that he wanted to be economy minister in a future centre-right government.

Berlusconi told an Italian radio station that he had struck the deal with Roberto Maroni, leader of the regionalist League, which was coalition partner in his last government.

According to the agreement, Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PDL) party would support Maroni's candidacy for president of the northern region of Lombardy as part of a global deal.

He did not give other details of the accord but said he would be the "leader of moderates" in a centre-right coalition with the League.

Read more: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/01/07/uk-italy-vote-idUKBRE90606W20130107



Eurozone crisis live: Silvio Berlusconi reaches Italian election deal

Analysis: Why Berlusconi's Northern League deal really matters

Here's Southern Europe editor John Hooper's explanation of how the alliance between the People of Liberty Party and the Northern League could have a major impact on next month's election:

To understand why Berlusconi’s pact with the Northern League is so important you need to start with the Italian constitution. Unlike Britain and France, Italy has a parliament in which the two chambers have equal powers. So, to govern Italy (if anyone can be said to have governed Italy!), you need a majority in BOTH houses.

In 2005, Berlusconi’s then government brought in a new electoral law that made it perfectly feasible for a party to win the popular vote and take control of the lower house, the Chamber of Deputies, but fail to get an outright majority in the Senate. The reason is that, in each region, the party topping the poll in the Senate vote gets a hefty bonus to give it 55% of the upper house seats in that region. So parties whose following is concentrated in a particular region (like
the Northern League) can achieve a disproportionate representation.

Then, as now (see below), the centre-left was ahead in the polls and it was an open secret that Berlusconi – acknowledging he could not win the election – wanted to lay a minefield for the likely victors. The centre-left did indeed win in 2006, but obtained only a razor-thin majority in the upper house and fell after two tumultuous years of knife-edge votes in the Senate.

At which point prime minister Romano Prodi left office to be replaced by.... (yup, you've guessed it).

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2013/jan/07/eurozone-crisis-berlusconi-italy-stock-markets scroll to 10.27am GMT

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dipsydoodle Jan 2013 OP
Judi Lynn Jan 2013 #1
davidpdx Jan 2013 #2
harmonicon Jan 2013 #3
davidpdx Jan 2013 #4
WilmywoodNCparalegal Jan 2013 #5

Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 07:31 AM

1. Creepy little odd person. What a shame he hasn't gone away. n/t

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 08:29 AM

2. This just proves how corrupt Italy's government is

The lying little Italian bastard shouldn't be in any government. I believe he is still under investigation.

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Response to davidpdx (Reply #2)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 08:51 AM

3. Is "French" a slur now or something? (nt)

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Response to harmonicon (Reply #3)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 08:55 AM

4. No, that one slipped away from me

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 10:41 AM

5. Frankly as an Italian

I'm kind of tired of the British superiority complex. Any time a British rag talks about Italy, it's always in demeaning tones. Look, Italy is as messed up as any other country out there. Yes, Italy can be governed and yes, there are some good politicians in Italy who actually care about the people they represent. Berlusconi is one exception. The Northern League is also an exception, though some of their gripes do have some basis in fact.

Berlusconi is messed up in many ways and I would hope the Italian electorate has had enough of him by now and won't once again give in to him (as it is well known that the Mafia is behind him). If not, it will be the same as the Brits giving in to Maggie Thatcher or the USians giving in to George W. Bush.

This stereotypical view of Italy is really getting old and tired.

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