In Italy, the Republican-like coalition, guided by Silvio Berlusconi, has won the Election.
Small italian parties has disappeared, and now in the political arena there are only two very big players:
"Pdl" (Partito delle Libertà) Republicans and Democratics leaded by "Pd" (Partito Democratico).
I agree with the Economist, and I am very sad for what is happening in Italy.
For a deeper analisis, refer to the good "New York Times" article about Berlusoni winning election