Italian vote points to impasse
25 February 2013 Last updated at 23:33 GMT
Partial results from Italy's election suggest the houses of parliament may split between left and right, causing new anxiety in the eurozone.
Projections suggest Pier Luigi Bersani's centre-left bloc has a narrow lead in the lower house while Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right is ahead in the powerful Senate.
A protest movement led by comedian Beppe Grillo surged into third place, as Gavin Hewitt reports.