Up to 30 PdL Senators could form breakaway group
PdL-Ppe party might support Letta's government01 October, 16:01
As many as 30 PdL senators could part ways with ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi over his call for his PdL to withdraw from Letta's fragile grand-coalition government.
The aim of the breakaway group, which would be called PdL-PPE, would be to make it possible for administration to continue until 2015.
Letta, a member of the centre-left Democratic Party (PD), needs at least 20 Senators from other parties to support his coalition in a confidence vote expected Wednesday if the government is to survive.
The PPE is the Italian acronym for the European People's Party (EPP), the centre-right bloc the PdL belongs to in the European Parliament.