Italian Premier Mario Monti delivers his speech at the Foreign Ministry for the Italian Ambassadors conference in Rome, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. Monti pledged to resign as soon as the bud

 

              Italian Premier Mario Monti delivers his speech at the Foreign Ministry for the Italian Ambassadors conference in Rome, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. Monti pledged to resign as soon as the bud
Italian Premier Mario Monti delivers his speech at the Foreign Ministry for the Italian Ambassadors conference in Rome, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. Monti pledged to resign as soon as the budget law is passed after Silvio Berlusconi yanked support for his government, accelerating national elections now expected in February. The budget law was approved Friday afternoon. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)