1. Italy

    Berlusconi Survives Confidence Vote

    Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi sits at the lower chamber to attend a confidence vote, in Rome, Friday, Oct. 14, 2011. Italy's Parliament has begun debating before a confidence vote that will determine the political future of Premier Silvio Berlusconi. The vote will be held later Friday. If Berlusconi loses, he has to resign. With an electorate weary of the scandals engulfing the premier and worried about Italy's economy, Berlusconi is facing repeated calls for his resignation from his political rivals, labor unions and parts of the business community that once considered him their savior. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia) (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    Gregorio Borgia / AP Photo

    It looks like Italy is stuck with Silvio Berlusconi. The prime minister won a confidence vote in parliament by 316 to 301. The vote was in response to the government's failure to pass a key budget measure by a single vote on Tuesday. In addition to the budget crisis, Italy's government recently had its credit downgraded, and this week it was discovered that the finance minister missed the bailout deadline by 30 seconds. Berlusconi is also facing four trials, including one for allegedly paying for sex with a 17-year-old girl.

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