Italy goes to the polls this weekend. And the race has been looking tighter and tighter. The frontrunner is still the Democratic Party's Pier-Luigi Bersani. But Silvio Berlusconi has closed the gap on him.
Italy's would-be coalition partners need more time to thrash out a government deal. Based on the 5-Star Movement's rule in Parma, locals have little hope for success on a national level, as Megan Williams discovered.
Two populist groups have emerged as the main forces in Italian politics following the March elections. The Five Star Movement has developed out of a protest group and the League has stepped up to head the center-right.
Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his center-left Democratic Party want to streamline a deadlocked parliament. The opposition, and there is a lot of it, see the move as a power grab.
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