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BBC TwoNewsnight
Last Updated: Monday, 10 April 2006, 16:54 GMT 17:54 UK
Monday, 10 April, 2006
By Kirsty Wark
Presenter, BBC Newsnight

Romano Prodi and Silvio Berlusconi
Move over Silvio? Presidential hopefuls Prodi and Berlusconi
Presented by Kirsty Wark


Will it be Berlusconi or Prodi?

The Italians have been voting for their new prime minister over the past two days, but is Italy inspired by either?

The media mogul Berlusconi is mired in endless corruption allegations, and has done little to reform the country's ailing economy.

Romano Prodi is bound up in a left wing coalition and would find it hard to introduce economic reforms to kickstart an economy in which the Chinese are beating the Italians hands down over traditionally Italian exports such as textiles and shoes.

De Villepin

Meanwhile the French President has reneged on those economic reforms of youth employment leaving Dominic de Villepin high and dry.

Can the patrician French Prime Minister carry on having insisted for so long that he would make no concessions.

Does this leave the French economy in a critical condition?

Baghdad blog

Three years ago this morning the sun rose in Baghdad on a shattered statue of Saddam.

Then it seemed to be a sign of a brave new future - and that optimism was shared by Salam Pax who over the next years sent a series of blogs to Newsnight about the everyday lives of Iraqis and their hopes and worries.

Now Salam Pax, Newsnight's Baghdad blogger, has a very different view about what is happening to his beloved country and he delivers it tonight.

A loan (again)

And .. It's not the end of the peer show!

After all the brouhaha about cash for peerages at midnight tonight the Government announces the latest list of 23 working peers nominated by the political parties.

So who are they? Why have they been chosen? And what's the job? Michael Crick is on the case.

See you at 10.30pm Kirsty

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