Berlusconi’s parliamentary move doesn’t seem to have worked as he may have hoped:
For all the Shakespearean elements of pride, betrayal and hubris displayed on Wednesday during the political theatrics, the government survived a confidence vote with unexpected ease. The more significant news was that moderates promising deep reforms scored an unusually decisive victory in the most unstable of the euro zone’s big economies.
At a time when several major countries, notably including the United States, are paralyzed by partisan political warfare, the defeat for Mr. Berlusconi was greeted by many as a welcome, if still tentative, sign that Italy could carry out long-delayed changes to its political system and take steps to revive its sclerotic economy. “We are seeing the long twilight of the Berlusconi era,” said Roberto D’Alimonte, a political analyst in Rome.