February 25, 2013
Early results from Italy’s election suggest the houses of parliament may split between left and right, causing new anxiety in the eurozone.
According to early figures, Pier Luigi Bersani’s centre-left bloc is poised to take the lower house while Silvio Berlusconi’s centre-right appears to leading in the powerful Senate.
A protest movement led by comedian Beppe Grillo has surged into third.
The election comes amid a deep recession and tough austerity measures.