In this Jan. 17, 2013 photo Northern League party's leader Roberto Maroni attends a TV show in Rome. Lombardy, Italy's most populous and economically productive region, is a key battleg

 

              In this Jan. 17, 2013 photo Northern League party
In this Jan. 17, 2013 photo Northern League party's leader Roberto Maroni attends a TV show in Rome. 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. (AP Photo/Roberto Monaldo, Lapresse) ITALY OUT