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.
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.
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.
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