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Taxpayers must pay the freight for over-budget train projects
Topic - Pier Luigi Bersani
Will Italy stay the course with painful economic reform? Or fall back into the old habit of profligacy and inertia? These are the stakes as Italians vote in a watershed parliamentary election Sunday and Monday that could shape the future of one of Europe's biggest economies.
Here's one way to boost an ailing economy: Bulgaria is offering citizenship to foreigners ready to invest at least $650,000.
Former President Nicolas Sarkozy's conservative party held emergency meetings Sunday to try to figure out who's in charge, after a disputed election for its new leader that could reshape French politics.
Premier Silvio Berlusconi won a much-watched vote Tuesday, but the result laid bare his lack of support in Parliament as financial pressure from the eurozone debt crisis pummeled Italy.
Italian Premier Minister Silvio Berlusconi said for the first time Tuesday that he would resign once parliament approves economic reforms, and Greek politicians said they were close to agreeing on a new government to lead their country through painful cutbacks.
"We all know that Italy is running the real risk in the next days to not have access to financial markets," Mr. Bersani said.