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Italy PM summons coalition partners as tensions rise

ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta called a government meeting after a coalition partner threatened to withdraw support on Monday, citing frustration with a slow pace of reforms to tackle a deep recession.Full story

Election of Italy president opens door to new government

ROME (Reuters) - The re-election of Italy's president has raised the prospect of an end to the two months of political stalemate that have followed the general election, with a move to form a government foreseen within days. Full story

Leftist may hold key to stable rule in Italy

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's chance of stable government after elections this weekend may rely on forcing two awkward partners into coalition: former European Commissioner Mario Monti and an openly gay leftist he has vowed not to work with. Full story

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  Italy's Ongoing Political Mess

CNBC's Carolin Roth reports on the state of the European markets after Italy's Prime Minister Monti announces he will step down following the approval of the country's 2013 budget.

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