Senate panel starts meetings over Berlusconi office ban
Tensions high amid PdL threats to topple govt18 September, 10:31
Meanwhile, Berlusconi is reportedly torn between the advice of hawks and doves in the PdL. The hawks say Berlusconi should scupper the executive and try to provoke fresh elections. The doves say provoking the end of the administration would have negative consequences for the country, which is trying to emerge from its longest recession in over two decades, as well as for the PdL and for Berlusconi himself and his business empire. Regardless, the loss of his seat appears imminent. Former justice minister Paola Severino on Tuesday called on parliament to apply the anti-corruption law named after her to Berlusconi, arguing the legitimacy of the law was at stake. "We were all in agreement" in the Mario Monti government "when, after a long and detailed process, the law was passed," she said. "When you pass a law, you believe in what you are doing.
Now its application is the responsibility of the government".