Italy crisis: As it happened

Key points

  • Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has confirmed he intends to resign after austerity measures are passed to bolster Italy's economy
  • Earlier, Mr Berlusconi lost his majority in parliament, with 308 voting for him on a budget vote seen as a test of his support. One abstained, and 320 others - the entire opposition - did not vote
  • The 2010 budget report was approved as the opposition did not vote in order to allow it to pass
  • Mr Berlusconi's main coalition partner Umberto Bossi of the Northern League had called on him to step aside
  • EU finance ministers are meeting in Brussels for talks on the crisis
  • Meanwhile, in Greece, talks continue to try to agree a unity government amid international pressure to ratify the latest bail-out deal

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