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Corriere della Sera - Italy | Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Slow-motion resignation is risky

Prime Minister Berlusconi plans to pass the reforms promised at the summits in Brussels and Cannes before he leaves office. But the delay in his departure poses major risks, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera warns: "Berlusconi is resigning, but in slow motion. The gesture is testimony to a commendable sense of responsibility but it could lead to a dangerous pause in activities that would be fatal for a country that has been exposed to the speculators' attacks for months. The coming weeks threaten to be very difficult. Above all if the government comes across as wanting to postpone the final decisions rather than making them as quickly as possible. ... This would produce a gaping abyss."

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