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Italy's Letta survives confidence vote tied to budget _ but few people are happy
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Friday, December 20, 2013 9:27 AM EST
Italian Premier Enrico Letta's government has survived a confidence vote in Parliament's lower chamber tied to next year's budget.
The 2014 budget is aimed at cutting spending while trying to revive Italy's moribund economy, but no one seems happy with it other than the majority Democratic Party. Italy's business lobby, the opposition Forza Italia party of Silvio Berlusconi and the anti-establishment 5 Star Movement have all denounced various elements of the legislation.
Letta defends the budget, saying if everyone got what they wanted, the result would be bankruptcy. He says: "I take the responsibility to make choices."