In this Nov. 8, 2008 photo, Gabriele Albertini stands in front of the Milan gothic cathedral, Italy. Lombardy, Italy's most populous and economically productive region, is a key battleground in the upcoming national elections, with the regional race not only likely to determine who can most reliably govern the euro zone's third-largest economy but also testing emerging political alliances. Polls show that the center-right coalition led by Silvio Berlusconi and the center-left forces backing Democratic Party leader Pier Luigi Bersani's bid for premier are neck-and-neck in Lombardy, geographically centered around the financial and fashion capital Milan, marking the first time in the Berlusconi era that the left has had such a strong showing in region where the media mogul made his mark. Playing spoiler is former Milan Mayor Gabriele Albertini, who after defecting from Berlusconi's People of Liberty Party in a spat has aligned himself with Premier Mario Monti's centrist forces. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

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In this Nov. 8, 2008 photo, Gabriele Albertini stands in front of the Milan gothic cathedral, Italy. Lombardy, Italy's most populous and economically productive region, is a key battleground in the upcoming national elections, with the regional race not only likely to determine who can most reliably govern the euro zone's third-largest economy but also testing emerging political alliances. Polls show that the center-right coalition led by Silvio Berlusconi and the center-left forces backing Democratic Party leader Pier Luigi Bersani's bid for premier are neck-and-neck in Lombardy, geographically centered around the financial and fashion capital Milan, marking the first time in the Berlusconi era that the left has had such a strong showing in region where the media mogul made his mark. Playing spoiler is former Milan Mayor Gabriele Albertini, who after defecting from Berlusconi's People of Liberty Party in a spat has aligned himself with Premier Mario Monti's centrist forces. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
In this Nov. 8, 2008 photo, Gabriele Albertini stands in front of the Milan gothic cathedral, Italy. Lombardy, Italy's most populous and economically productive region, is a key battleground in the upcoming national elections, with the regional race not only likely to determine who can most reliably govern the euro zone's third-largest economy but also testing emerging political alliances. Polls show that the center-right coalition led by Silvio Berlusconi and the center-left forces backing Democratic Party leader Pier Luigi Bersani's bid for premier are neck-and-neck in Lombardy, geographically centered around the financial and fashion capital Milan, marking the first time in the Berlusconi era that the left has had such a strong showing in region where the media mogul made his mark. Playing spoiler is former Milan Mayor Gabriele Albertini, who after defecting from Berlusconi's People of Liberty Party in a spat has aligned himself with Premier Mario Monti's centrist forces. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
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