By now, of course, you know Prodi resigned last night, after just 10 months in power. His was the 60th government since the end of World War 2. Yep, just about one per year, so 10 months is right on schedule.
So, what happens next? Hell, if we know here. There are so many possibilities including:
-- a new election
-- a new government emerges from the center-left
-- Prodi comes back forming a weaker government from his fractured base
-- the Christian Democrats (currently on the right) form a coalition with Prodi to keep a new government in place for another year
-- Martians invade, march on Rome, tentacles everywhere, and enslave us all for no more than 35 hours per week, plus two weeks off at Xmas and another two in August.
I, for one, welcome our new Martian invaders.