I was not the greatest fan of Romano Prodi as Commission President, but he has until now made a reasonable job of governing Italy with a wafer-thin majority. Yet today it looks like that is going to come crashing down [BBC Story], as the government’s foreign policy proposals were defeated by 2 votes in a non-binding decision by the Senate. President Napolitano might not accept a resignation from Prodi, but it seems like Italian politics is resorting to traditional form. The opposition are calling for the government to resign – as if that is going to help the country. Some of Prodi’s policies – especially deregulation efforts – have been generally well received. With a decent government record to date, maybe an early election might be the way to put Belusconi and his Forza cronies in their place?