Trouble In The Big Tent


PRODI: Out of favor.

With national elections due next spring, Italy's opposition parties might be expected to focus on how to unseat Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. And the job shouldn't be too tough. Berlusconi's government has struggled with a stalled economy, bickering allies and a drubbing in April's regional elections, forcing the PM to resign temporarily and reshuffle his Cabinet. But it's the opposition coalition that's looking bruised and battered, and most of the injuries are self-inflicted.

Fault lines among the half a dozen or so parties in the coalition, which include communists, socialists and even the remains of the splintered Christian...

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