Italy government resignation sparks crisis
28 September 2013 Last updated at 21:55 BST
All five Italian ministers belonging to the party of former PM Silvio Berlusconi have announced they are resigning from the country's coalition government.
The ministers refused to accept the terms of the proposed budget, leaving centre-left Prime Minister Enrico Letta unable to get majority support.
The move comes after weeks of worsening relations between Mr Berlusconi's centre-right People of Freedom (PDL) party and Mr Letta'scentre-left grouping.
Alan Johnston reports from Rome.