Italy Politics Berlusconi

December 8, 2012 - 1:33 PM
FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 18, 2011 file photo, Italy's former Premier Silvio Berlusconi, left, talks to Italian Premier Mario Monti, back to camera, at the lower chamber in Rome. Although Berlusconi resigned in disgrace a year ago, has been convicted of tax fraud and now faces plunging poll numbers, the media baron confirmed to reporters Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, that he'll try for a fourth term. Berlusconi yanked support for Premier Mario Monti's technocrat government on Thursday, increasing the prospects for early elections. Monti calls the political crisis triggered by the loss of Berlusconi's support "manageable" and says his government has rescued Italy from financial disaster. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)