Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta will call a confidence vote in parliament after a showdown with center-right partners in his fragile coalition scuppered a vital package of budget measures on Friday and took his government to the brink of collapse.Let's face it, collapsing Italian governments and brinkmanship in politics are all part of those European values we keep hearing about.
Letta flew back from a visit to New York with coalition unity already in tatters after a threat by center-right lawmakers to walk out over former premier Silvio Berlusconi's battle against a conviction for tax fraud.
"Efficient government action is obviously incompatible with the mass resignation of a parliamentary group which should support the government," Letta said in a statement after a cabinet meeting on Friday.
"Either there is a new start and the interests of the country and its citizens are put first or this experience is at an end," he said.
Regional Affairs Minister Graziano Delrio said Letta, who met President Giorgio Napolitano on Friday, would go before parliament in the next few days to seek backing to continue.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
And they're back
Collapsing Italian government are back. Reuters reports that