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Berlusconi's Coalition Survives Despite Maze of Political Factions

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Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi waves from his car as he leaves Milan's tribunal, Italy, Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, after attending a hearing of the trial where he was accused of bribing British lawyer Robert Mills. (AP) | AP

In the 18 years that he has dominated Italian politics, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has created the illusion that Italy has a solid two-party system. Now that his era is slowly drawing to a close, the glue has come undone, revealing the chaos that is the Italian Parliament.

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