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Bersani Vows to End Italy Austerity in Reversal After Defeat

Pier Luigi Bersani, whose leadership is in question after he admitted defeat in Italy’s general election last week, pledged to reverse the country’s budget rigor as he renewed his pitch to form a government.

“The vicious link between austerity and recession puts representative democracy at risk and renders it ungovernable,” Bersani said in Rome today in an address to officials of his Democratic Party. “Out of the austerity cage,” he said, as he outlined an eight-point plan for unity.