Italy's center left makes world headlines with probable win
Wall Street Journal, Die Welt note surge in markets25 February, 16:45
The stock market also surged shortly after the results of the instant polls, with Milan's FTSE-Mib index up 3.9%. "The two-day election is one of the most important in recent Italian history, as it comes after a year of an emergency government that introduced a number of austerity measures aimed at fixing Italy's public finances and set the country on the path of longer-term economic reforms," said the Wall Street Journal. Other media leaders such as the Financial Times, BBC, Le Figaro and El Pais issued breaking news on the likelihood that Pier Luigi Bersani, head of the center left, would win more votes than centre-right leader Silvio Berlusconi, the centrist and outgoing Premier Mario Monti, and the antiestablishment comic Beppe Grillo, as opinion polls before the election Sunday and Monday had predicted.