- Italy urges high turnout in critical election for euro zone
Italy pressed citizens to get out and vote in one of the most closely watched elections in years on Sunday and Monday, with financial markets on edge at the prospect of a political stalemate that could reignite the euro zone debt crisis.
- INSIGHT - Rome will burn, regardless of Italian election result
Regardless of who wins the parliamentary election, Italy's long economic decline is likely to continue because the next government won't be strong enough to pursue the tough reforms needed to make its economy competitive again.
- NEWSMAKER - Italy's Bersani on anti-glamour quest for power
In an electoral landscape crowded with some of the most colourful personalities in European politics, Italy's centre-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani is a conspicuously unglamorous exception.
- NEWSMAKER - Berlusconi's last throw of the dice in Italy election
Billionaire showman Silvio Berlusconi has again astonished Italy with a storming comeback that has frayed nerves in European capitals and among investors, but the signs are his final gamble has failed.
- NEWSMAKER - Battered Monti may still be key player in Italy vote
Prime Minister Mario Monti has put his image as an independent technocrat at risk by joining the hurly-burly of Italy's election campaign but investors hope he will retain a key role in government after the vote, whatever the outcome.
- NEWSMAKER - Joker Grillo is wild card in Italian election
Not since Silvio Berlusconi burst into politics 20 years ago has a political newcomer caused the kind of shockwaves that comic Beppe Grillo has set off ahead of Italy's national elections.
Graphic - How the Senate vote counts - Italy risks split Senate after Feb 24-25 electionby antonella.ciancio via Graphics.thomsonreuters edited by anthony.derosa 2/23/2013 5:43:55 PM
People gather in Duomo Square as Five-Star Movement activist and comedian Beppe Grillo (top C) speaks during a rally in Milan February 19, 2013. Italy's politicians on Tuesday stepped up their campaigns in the last few days before next weekend's election with the outcome deeply uncertain and up to a third of voters still up for grabs. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
Italy's Prime Minister Mario Monti adjusts his eyeglasses during a news conference with Switzerland's President Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf (not pictured) at the Chigi palace in Rome June 12, 2012. REUTERS/ Max Rossi
- FACTBOX - How Italy's election works
Italians begin voting on Sunday to choose a new government to succeed technocrat Prime Minister Mario Monti, appointed in November 2011 after Silvio Berlusconi resigned at the height of a financial crisis that threatened to break apart the euro zone.
Early exit polls and projections will start to come out soon after polls close at 3 p.m. (1400 GMT) on Monday and an official result is expected later that evening or early on Tuesday.
- Italy election still too close to call
Italy's election campaign drew to a close on Friday with the weak performance of outgoing premier Mario Monti key to a deeply uncertain and potentially unstable result.
Political leaders were holding their final rallies before a campaigning ban ahead of two days of voting on Sunday and Monday, and analysts said the result was too close to call.
- major uproar about how Beppe #Grillo banned all but foreign journalists from stage of his Rome event yesterday. Critics say authoritarianismcomment by Rachel Donadio — NYT via twitter 2/23/2013 8:27:53 PM
- Milan fashion fans will be divided between ballot box and catwalks from Sunday. It will be fun to hear what they think. #italyreutersby antonella.ciancio via twitter 2/23/2013 9:16:57 PM
- And we're off! Polling stations have opened! http://reut.rs/ZqW7CK via @reuters #italyreutersby Catherine Hornby via twitter 2/24/2013 7:29:31 AM
- Berlusoni grabbing headlines after he said Italian magistrates were "more dangerous than the mafia" during campaign silence #italyreutersby Catherine Hornby via twitter 2/24/2013 7:33:30 AM
- We are going to do a liveblog of the #Italian #election. Follow #italyreuters. Blog will intensify tomorrow as of 1200 GMT.by ReutersLJucca via twitter 2/24/2013 7:50:24 AM
- Weather is absolutely fine in Milan. No rain, no snow. Just a cold winter day #italy #election #italyreutersby ReutersLJucca via twitter 2/24/2013 8:03:01 AM
- Correction: light rain in #Milan. #italy #election #italyreutersby ReutersLJucca via twitter 2/24/2013 8:03:58 AM
The future of #Italy is somewhere here. #italyreuters #vote #elections http://yfrog.com/kjncwzqjby ReutersLJucca via twitter 2/24/2013 8:20:20 AM
- There is even a 'Basta Tasse' (enough with taxes) party. I had missed that. #italyreuters #vote #italy #electionsby ReutersLJucca via twitter 2/24/2013 8:21:17 AM
- You can follow the live blog of @reuters on #Italy's elections on http://reut.rs/italy #italyreutersby ReutersLJucca via twitter 2/24/2013 8:24:12 AM
Ready to go! #mfw http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BD2wICuCUAAa_Ci.jpg #italyreutersby antonella.ciancio via twitter 2/24/2013 8:26:14 AM
- What sort of #Italy is going to #vote? Recession-hit and with about 36 youth unemployment. Watch out for the protest vote #italyreutersby ReutersLJucca via twitter 2/24/2013 8:43:06 AM
Inside the polling station where #Italy PM #Monti is about to vote. #italyreuters http://yfrog.com/ob1lozqjby ReutersLJucca via twitter 2/24/2013 8:48:31 AM
- Fake horse racing blog dodges Italy's election polls blackout http://reut.rs/WUhFbY #italyreuters via @reutersby antonella.ciancio via twitter 2/24/2013 8:49:14 AM
Italy's election. Based on average of final polls, here's what result would be: http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BCmCmD0CEAAycfF.jpg” via @NaomiOhReally #italyreutersby antonella.ciancio via twitter 2/24/2013 8:52:43 AM
As Italy votes, graphic breakdown of Italy's why the country could be heading for a hung parliament #italyreuters http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BDjdANOCQAAqtQD.jpgby Naomi O'Leary via twitter 2/24/2013 9:03:14 AM
- One frustrated voter:#Italy's top problem?Italian voters: we are mediocre, greedy Can only elect people like us #italyreuters #Elezioni2013by ReutersLJucca via twitter 2/24/2013 9:03:38 AM
- Italy PM #Monti just arrived to vote, with his wife, daughter and 3 small grandchildren. #italyreuters #Elezioni2013by ReutersLJucca via twitter 2/24/2013 9:06:42 AM
- Mario Monti votes in Milan. Support for his centrists faltered ahead of election, making market-friendly result less likely #italyreutersby Naomi O'Leary via twitter 2/24/2013 9:11:32 AM
- It always strikes me how firm #Monti's handshake is. #italyreuters #Elezioni2013by ReutersLJucca via twitter 2/24/2013 9:11:51 AM
- Really useful >> MT @NaomiOhReally: As #Italy votes, a breakdown of why hung parliament likely. #italyreuters http://bit.ly/13C3VSAby paulrbrennan via twitter 2/24/2013 9:14:42 AM
- Since final polls 5-Star gained momentum, leaked polls showed narrowing gap btwn centre-right & left t.co #italyreutersby Naomi O'Leary via twitter 2/24/2013 9:17:23 AM
- In swing-region Lombardy, one can choose from a list of 24 parties for the Lower House, 20 for the Upper House #italyreuters #Elezioni2013by ReutersLJucca via twitter 2/24/2013 9:17:30 AM
- First turnout numbers out at 12. If trend of recent years continues Italy's historically high voting rate could hit record low #italyreutersby Naomi O'Leary via twitter 2/24/2013 9:21:40 AM
- Many Italians tell me expect to be voting again within 6 months. High chance result could be indecisive or majority unstable #italyreutersby Naomi O'Leary via twitter 2/24/2013 9:23:59 AM
- In final rally @beppe_grillo made clear hoping for unstable govt, so that @Mov5Stelle can be decisive victor in new elections #italyreutersby Naomi O'Leary via twitter 2/24/2013 9:27:42 AM
- Anche @reuters segue con attenzione le nostre elezioni. Live blog qui: http://reut.rs/italy #italyreutersby CitizenPost via twitter 2/24/2013 9:28:30 AM
- Voters express fears that no clear winner will emerge. "I expect instability for the next two years," says one in Milan. #italyreutersby Catherine Hornby via twitter 2/24/2013 9:36:06 AM
Lots of snow around in Bologna but the sun is now shining and people up and about. #italyreuters. http://yfrog.com/kj1hkcbbjby Stephen Jewkes via twitter 2/24/2013 9:44:41 AM
Coffee bars busy around Lunetta Gamberini polling station in Bologna despite snow. #italyreuters http://yfrog.com/kjowgyajby Stephen Jewkes via twitter 2/24/2013 9:53:53 AM
Very few people at the Emporio Armani show for now. It's because it's Sunday, raining or polling time? #italyreuters http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BD3GJBtCEAAwWU7.jpgby antonella.ciancio via twitter 2/24/2013 10:00:34 AM
- Three young guests at Armani said they would vote after the show but were undecided. "Whoever wins will not last", they said. #italyreutersby antonella.ciancio via twitter 2/24/2013 10:20:41 AM
It's also the #fashion week in #Milan. Red carpet to Piazza Duomo #Elezioni2013 #italyreuters http://yfrog.com/oc76trdjby ReutersLJucca via twitter 2/24/2013 10:30:05 AM
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