Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018

Berlusconi says Italians risk feeling like 'prisoners'


(ANSA) - Rome, September 25 - Ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi
said in an interview published Tuesday that austerity measures
and reforms imposed by Premier Mario Monti and his emergency
government have created an atmosphere in which Italians risk
feeling like "prisoners of the State".
Berlusconi explained that unlike Monti, he would not have
"increased fiscal pressure" or introduced the IMU property tax.
The ex-premier's government that stepped down in November
amid economic crisis abolished a similar tax during its
2008-2011 mandate.
Excessive tax controls clamp down fiercely on "expenditures
and therefore, the wellbeing of Italians," Berlusconi told The
Huffington Post.
Berlusconi was critical of Germany's treatment of Italy,
saying that he "would have been less loyal" to the eurozone
partner whose "hegemony dictates the rule of austerity and rigor
to the other European countries".
Monti's government needs "more courage," Berlusconi said.
"The government has been conditioned by the (political)
Left. Italy cannot return to Communism," Berlusconi added.

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