Italy's Democratic Party Leader Pier Luigi Bersani

Italy's Democratic Party Leader Pier Luigi Bersani

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Pier Luigi Bersani, leader of Italy's Democratic Party, has proposed raising taxes on wealthy Italians to finance breaks for lower income families, while populist rival Beppe Grillo and former Premier Silvio Berlusconi have focused on providing stimulus by challenging the rigor imposed by European Union budget rules.