Italian Premier Enrico Letta meets the media following a Cabinet meeting in Rome, Monday, Aug. 26, 2013. Milan's stock exchange has closed sharply lower amid heightened concerns about a government ... more 
Italian Premier Enrico Letta meets the media following a Cabinet meeting in Rome, Monday, Aug. 26, 2013. Milan's stock exchange has closed sharply lower amid heightened concerns about a government crisis following Silvio Berlusconi's definitive conviction for tax fraud. The benchmark FTSE MIB closed down 2.1 percent Monday, dragged in particular by a 6.25 percent fall in Berlusconi's Mediaset empire. Italy has been gripped by weeks of political uncertainty and suggestions that early elections are near after the high court on Aug. 1 upheld Berlusconi's tax fraud conviction, four-year prison term and ban from public office. Premier Enrico Letta said Sunday it would be "crazy" to make his government fall now, with major economic reforms on the horizon. (AP Photo/Roberto Monaldo, Lapresse) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Roberto Monaldo, Lapresse
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