Ciao, Silvio

Via the BBC:  Italian crisis: Silvio Berlusconi vows to resign

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi will resign after key economic reforms have been approved, the country’s president says.

Mr Berlusconi’s decision follows a vote on the budget in parliament, in which he appeared to lose his majority.


Both coalition ally Umberto Bossi of the Northern League and opposition leader Pierluigi Bersani had called on the prime minister to step down.

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  1. Neil Hudelson says:

    I believe that is what’s called a silver lining…of a very, very dark, threatening storm cloud.

  2. Just nutha ig'rant cracker says:

    @Neil Hudelson: Only to the extent that the new leader will be more capable than Berlusconi. While that may not be a very high bar to jump over, consider the coming election Stateside.

  3. Ben Wolf says:

    It couldn’t happen to a nicer gob of spit than our little Silvio.