Italian economy needs political stability, Rehn says
'Important for economic recovery'28 August, 12:47
Italy's unprecedented left-right government has been threatened by a number of issues dividing its members, longtime foes the center-left Democratic Party (PD) and the center-right People of Freedom (PdL) party. Most recently, the PdL has threatened to pull the plug if its leader, ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi, loses his Senate seat next month after his first-ever definitive conviction for tax fraud. Another key issue, to be discussed on Wednesday, is the scrapping of an unpopular property tax called IMU, a campaign pledge credited with driving Berlusconi's coalition to a close second behind center-left rivals in February's inconclusive general elections.