Might be useful to keep a running thread active here on the ever-shifting faultlines in the Italian party system, now that their general election is fast-approaching. Since Monti assumed power in November 2011, the People of Freedom has torn its apart over the future of Berlusconi - first he appointed Angelino Alfano as his anointed successor, before swiftly retracting his endorsement. Now, it appears Silvio is set to formly splinter the party, by announcing the reformation of Forza Italia, with his opponents remaining in the PdL. The centre-left Democratic Party, however, is far from celebrating, as it fears the popularity of Beppe Grillo's "none-of-the-above" Five Star Movement would deprive it of an overall majority. Whatever the result, the fractious nature of Italian politics looks set to continue.