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After Berlusconi

April's Italian election should see the defeat of Berlusconi and the return of a fragmented centre-left coalition. Below the surface there is a "silent yearning" for a modernised Christian Democracy, yet no new generation of leaders to embody it
Erik Jones  

Washington watch

Bush is beleaguered, Cheney is on the way out and the GOP look set to lose at least one house in November. But watch out for a bigger Pentagon