The upcoming Italian elections are a contest between the populism of short-term fixes championed by Silvio Berlusconi and the long-term reforms of Mario Monti necessary to make Italy’s economy solvent, competitive, and sustainable over the long run.
Judges in Milan do not excuse former Italian prime-minister Silvio Berlusconi, charged with paying for sex with underage dancer, from court despite upcoming Italian election. Prostitution charge had become known as the tycoon's 'Bunga Bunga' moment. Berlusconi denies wrong-doing.
The next general election in Italy, in the spring, will determine who will lead the country as it struggles to recover from recession and high unemployment. On Sunday, Italy held a primary runoff for center-left candidates.