ROME (Reuters) - There will be no scope for a deal to form a government in Italy unless centre-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani changes his negotiating position, the national secretary of Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PDL) party said on Wednesay.
"The question is closed, and it is Bersani who has closed it," Angelino Alfano said in a strongly worded statement.
Alfano said that after refusing the PDL's offer to join forces in a coalition government Bersani now finds himself in "blind alley."
However, Alfano still left the door ajar to a deal.
"It's up to him (Bersani) to turn the situation around, if he wants to, in the interests of the country," Alfano said.
(Reporting by Gavin Jones; editing by James Mackenzie)