Early returns give center-left parties led by Pier Luigi Bersani a slim lead in parliamentary elections. Silvio Berlusconi's conservatives appear to headed for close victory in the Senate.
The new Italian prime minister, Matteo Renzi, has hit the ground running. If he keeps up this furious pace, we may indeed see real changes in Italy, writes DW's Bernd Riegert.
Italy's president is meeting political party delegations to see if there is enough support for the mayor of Florence to lead a new national government. A decision could be made over the weekend.
Silvio Berlusconi is planning his comeback in Europe. Thus far, Brussels isn't taking the idea too seriously. But his appeal at the ECJ and a political rehabilitation in Italy might make it possible.
The last thing the EU needed was a crisis in Italy ahead of elections for the European Parliament. The prime minister's resignation could lead to chaos in Italy and a return of the euro crisis, says DW's Bernd Riegert.
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