Silvio Berlusconi’s recently re-established Forza Italia party walked out of the ruling grand coalition on November 26 and voted against the 2014 budget in a confidence vote called by the government.

Despite the party’s opposition, the budget was passed by a comfortable margin of 171 to 135 votes in the Senate, notes Corriere della Sera, adding that the real motive behind the party’s hostility is the November 27 Senate vote on whether to strip Berlusconi of his Senate seat and immunity, which the former prime minister has desperately tried to block. Corriere’s editorial adds –

It’s not only a vote of no-confidence in the government. It’s the literal application of the phrase “Apres moi, le déluge”. [...] And to hell with the country.