Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi votes with his ministers during a finance vote at the parliament in Rome.
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Crisis will be hard to fix, says Italian senator

The Italian government's cost of borrowing has risen to a new high, a day after the prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, announced that he planned to resign.

The interest rate has passed the 7% mark, which is when Ireland, Portugal and Greece had to seek bailouts.

Radio 5 live Breakfast spoke to Lucio Malan, a Senator for Berlusconi's People of Freedom party.

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  • 09 Nov 2011
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