About: Pier Luigi Bersani

Elections 19-04-2013

Deeply divided Italian MPs fail to elect a president

Italy's parliament failed to elect a new state president in the first two votes on Thursday (18 April) with a centre-left rebellion against leader Pier Luigi Bersani torpedoing his official candidate and prolonging a political stalemate.
Elections 26-03-2013

Bersani, Berlusconi aides to discuss ‘miracle’ government

Pier Luigi Bersani, leader of Italy’s centre-left bloc, is scheduled to meet Silvio Berlusconi’s deputies today (26 March) in an effort to form a coalition government to end a month-long impasse.
Elections 28-02-2013

Italy in stalemate as Grillo refuses coalition

Beppe Grillo, leader of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, ruled out a coalition yesterday (27 February) with the Italian centre-left, led by Pier Luigi Bersani. The move comes days after Bersani rejected Silvio Berlusconi’s plea to form a grand coalition, leaving Italy with a political impasse.
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Elections 26-02-2013

EU urges Italy to form ‘stable’ government after elections

After national elections have left Italy severely divided, Brussels on Tuesday expressed its concern over the potential political deadlock that might lead the country to further instability.
Elections 20-02-2013

MEPs: Monti’s policies have fuelled euroscepticism in Italian election

Left-wing Italian lawmakers in the European Parliament are divided over the legacy of outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti ahead of a key election on 24-25 February that is marked by rising euroscepticism.
Elections 19-02-2013

Italian elections 2013: A nation at a crossroads [Archived]

Italians head to the polls on 24-25 February to replace a technocratic government charged with halting the country’s economic and fiscal decline. But after wearying months of austerity and instability, voters appeared to have no clear favourite among familiar faces as well as wildcard candidates. EURACTIV Italia reports.
Elections 08-01-2013

Berlusconi withdraws bid for Italy’s premiership

Silvio Berlusconi withdrew as candidate for Italy's prime ministerial post on Monday (7 January) as the price of a pact with the devolutionist Northern League, marking the latest twist in the election campaign in the eurozone's third biggest economy.
Elections 07-01-2013

Berlusconi surges in polls ahead of February election

Italy's centre-left coalition, led by Pier Luigi Bersani, has a comfortable lead in polls less than two months before the election, but Silvio Berlusconi's party is fast raising its share of the vote, according to the latest poll published on Sunday (6 January).
Elections 02-01-2013

Italy’s Monti aims for a pro-Europe alliance with Bersani

Outgoing Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti said on Monday (31 December) he was aiming to win a majority in a parliamentary election in February and would seek alliances with parties agreeing with his pro-Europe agenda.
Elections 10-12-2012

Italy heads for snap poll as markets watch

Italy is heading for early elections amid growing international concern over the political crisis, prompted by the former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's withdrawal of support for Mario Monti’s technocratic  government last week. Monti announced on Saturday (8 December) that he intends to resign once the next budget is approved.