Roberto Maroni, leader of the Northern League party and Lombardy Region's candidate for governor, gestures in front of a poster featuring a slogan in Italian with double meaning "Lombardy leads" and "Lombardy in our head", as he speaks at a news conference where he announced a deal with Silvio Berlusconi's party, in Milan, Italy, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. Former Premier Silvio Berlusconi announced a deal Monday with the Northern League, his fractious coalition partner in three governments, to jointly run in Italy's election next month. The move could give fresh impetus to the center-right and extend the Berlusconi era. While leaving open the question of whether he will run himself. While the Northern League has ruled in coalition with Berlusconi three times, the relationship has been rocky at best, with the League being behind the downfall of previous Berlusconi governments. (AP Photo/Gian Mattia D'Alberto, Lapresse)

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Roberto Maroni, leader of the Northern League party and Lombardy Region's candidate for governor, gestures in front of a poster featuring a slogan in Italian with double meaning "Lombardy leads" and "Lombardy in our head", as he speaks at a news conference where he announced a deal with Silvio Berlusconi's party, in Milan, Italy, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. Former Premier Silvio Berlusconi announced a deal Monday with the Northern League, his fractious coalition partner in three governments, to jointly run in Italy's election next month. The move could give fresh impetus to the center-right and extend the Berlusconi era. While leaving open the question of whether he will run himself. While the Northern League has ruled in coalition with Berlusconi three times, the relationship has been rocky at best, with the League being behind the downfall of previous Berlusconi governments. (AP Photo/Gian Mattia D'Alberto, Lapresse)
Roberto Maroni, leader of the Northern League party and Lombardy Region's candidate for governor, gestures in front of a poster featuring a slogan in Italian with double meaning "Lombardy leads" and "Lombardy in our head", as he speaks at a news conference where he announced a deal with Silvio Berlusconi's party, in Milan, Italy, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. Former Premier Silvio Berlusconi announced a deal Monday with the Northern League, his fractious coalition partner in three governments, to jointly run in Italy's election next month. The move could give fresh impetus to the center-right and extend the Berlusconi era. While leaving open the question of whether he will run himself. While the Northern League has ruled in coalition with Berlusconi three times, the relationship has been rocky at best, with the League being behind the downfall of previous Berlusconi governments. (AP Photo/Gian Mattia D'Alberto, Lapresse)
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