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'A drama ancient Romans would have understood'

Silvio Berlusconi is facing a crucial vote on budget reforms in the Italian Parliament today as the country's borrowing costs ave rocketed.

From Rome, the BBC's Europe editor Gavin Hewitt reflects on Italian public opinion. Senator Lucio Malan, vice-president of the Italian Senate, explains why he believes that a Berlusconi resignation would not solve Italy's problems. And opposition MP Leoluca Orlando outlines his view that "we need to be free from Berlusconi… we need to go to vote as soon as possible".

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