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Is the Berlusconi era really over?

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With Silvio Berlusconi soon to depart as prime minister, where is Italy heading?

BBC Europe editor Gavin Hewitt says that although there is still a sense in Italy that the Berlusconi era is not yet over, if the austerity measures are passed later this month, there is a strong chance that the embattled prime minister will leave office.


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