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Berlusconi Wins Vote, Loses Majority

He wins just 308 of 630 votes

(Newser) - Silvio Berlusconi was holding on for dear life in advance of today's critical budget vote, and now it looks as if he's hanging by a quickly fraying thread. The Italian PM won the much-watched vote in Parliament, but lost his majority. He won just 308 of 630 possible... More »

Top Berlusconi Ally Asks Him to Step Down

Italian prime minister holding on for dear life ahead of budget vote

(Newser) - The calls for Silvio Berlusconi’s head reached a fever pitch today, when Umberto Bossi, Berlusconi’s closest coalition ally, joined the chorus. “We asked the prime minister to stand down,” Bossi told reporters, in what Reuters thinks could be the decisive blow. Berlusconi faces a critical budget... More »

Greece PM Survives Confidence Vote

George Papandreou remains in office after tumultuous week

(Newser) - Greece's prime minister survived a confidence vote early Saturday, calming a revolt in his Socialist party with an emotional pledge to step aside if need be and seek a cross-party government lasting four months to safeguard Europe's new debt agreement. George Papandreou won the critical confidence motion with... More »

Tonight's the Night: Greek PM Braces for Vote

Prospects uncertain; adviser eyed as interim leader

(Newser) - Tonight's the night for George Papandreou, and things still look pretty dismal . Though lawmakers yesterday managed to arrive at an agreement on Europe’s bailout plan, the Greek PM's chances of emerging on top after this evening's confidence vote are slim, the Washington Post notes. His Socialist... More »

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