While investors and EU countries watch closely, Italians go to the polls on Sunday and Monday to vote for parliamentary representatives. Those elected could impact how Italy copes with its financial crisis.
Despite letting Silvio Berlusconi edge to within a few points in the polls, Mr. Bersani's Democratic Party still looks to be the favorite to win Italy's elections next Sunday and Monday. But who is he?
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.