Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi
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Could the deadlock in Rome force Berlusconi to step down?

With less than twenty-four hours to go before an EU summit on the debt crisis Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has failed to pass new austerity measures.

His European partners are demanding concrete action before tomorrow's meeting to reassure the markets that Italy will not go the way of Greece.

But with Rome unable to agree economic reforms, the deadlock could force Mr Berlusconi to step down.

David Willey reports from Rome.

  • 25 Oct 2011
  • From the section Europe