I am still favouriong the socalled "EU3", France, GB and Germany as the three kings,
if you mean that, Chinook.
Prodi is quite a player. As all, what goes on in Italian politics is big gambling. I would not take it so serious, what happens in Italy.
They play this game with 60 different governments since 1945.
It's déjà vu for Prodi, whose last spell in office ended similarly in 1998.
His last brush with Italian political power, when he was prime minister from 1996 to 1998, was also rudely curtailed by his then far-left coalition allies. This time the 67-year-old former economist and ex-president of the European Commission had been in power for a mere nine months, after he won the closest election in modern Italian history in April 2006.
And you see, next day:
Italy's President Giorgio Napolitano accepted Prodi's resignation but the beleaguered prime minister may still stay in power if he can bring his unruly coalition into line. Aides said that Prodi is "ready to carry on as prime minister if, and only if, he is guaranteed the full support of all the parties in the majority from now on."
"We are ready to confirm our full trust in the Prodi government," said Dario Franceschini, a leader of the Olive Tree, the largest grouping in Prodi's coalition.
In the meantime, Napolitano has asked Prodi to stay on in a caretaker role while he determines which political leaders might be capable of gaining enough support to form a parliamentary majority. This would avoid having to call new elections, which were not scheduled to take place until 2011.
"Italian coalition backs Prodi
February 23, 2007
LEADERS of Italy's centre-left coalition today agreed to support Romano Prodi's bid to stay on as prime minister, backing him on a 12-point political program."
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/st ... 03,00.html
see also, interesting enough:
"Italy's 'Prince of Darkness' blamed for Prodi fall"
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jh ... taly23.xml