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Italy tries again to get rivals to form government

Thursday - 4/25/2013, 3:18pm  ET

FRANCES D'EMILIO
Associated Press

ROME (AP) -- Silvio Berlusconi's top political aide says issues on economic policy must be resolved before his conservative forces can join a center-left party in a coalition government for Italy.

But Angelino Alfano said after meeting Premier-designate Enrico Letta on Thursday that progress was made toward an agreement.

Letta, a center-left leader, is trying to find common ground among political blocs mired in deadlock since inconclusive February elections.

Ex-Premier Berlusconi's "recipe" for reviving economy includes abolishing a property tax some consider crucial to Italy's surviving the eurozone debt crisis.


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