Embattled Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou will resign once plans for a new coalition government are finalized. Papandreou and his political rival, conservative leader Antonis Samaras, reached a deal on Sunday to form a unity government to implement the unpopular austerity measures required by a bailout deal reached with European leaders. The new government is expected to be led by a non-politician who will be named on Monday. As Greece moves forward, another European government may crumble under the weight of the debt crisis. In Italy Monday morning, rumors abound that Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi may resign. Berlusconi has denied reports that he is negotiating his resignation, though his interior minister told a television program that the premier's coalition no longer has the numbers to govern.
Rachel Donadio, Rome bureau chief for The New York Times, reports on the latest from Athens. Margherita Boniver, an Italian member of parliament from Berlusconi's Forza Italia party, responds to the allegations of Berlusconi's demise.
Will you support The World?
There is no paywall on the story you just read because a community of dedicated listeners and readers have contributed to keep the global news you rely on free and accessible for all. Will you join the 314 donors who’ve stepped up to support The World? From now until Dec. 31, your gift will help us unlock a $67,000 match. Donate today to double your impact and keep The World free and accessible.