Italy is set for a second vote of confidence over new prime minister Mario Monti.
The lower house of parliament, the Chamber of Deputies, will decide today whether to back his new government and what Monti calls his “deep but fair reforms.”
Last night, the upper house, the Senate, comfortably passed Monti’s programme by 281 votes to 25, with only the pro-devolution Northern League going against him.
Outlining his programme, the former European Commissioner set out sweeping reforms to welfare, pensions and the labour market that are expected to be unpopular.
Even though he has been promised parliamentary support there have already been signs of opposition on the streets with thousands marching in several cities against what they call a “bankers” government.