Lunedì, 24 Settembre 2018
ROME

Berlusconi says 'forced' to lead centre right again

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Rome, December 21 - Ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi on
Friday said he had been forced to re-enter the political fray
and take on the job of uniting Italy's centre right to defeat
the left.
The media magnate repeated that he would have been willing
to let outgoing Premier Mario Monti play that role "but I didn't
even get one phone call from Monti".
Speaking on Italian radio in his sixth media foray in as
many days, Berlusconi reiterated his claim that Monti's
technocratic government had "taken orders" from northern
European countries led by Germany and that the spread between
Italian and German bonds, a gauge of market confidence in
Italy's ability to pay down its huge debt, was not affected by
government action.
Berlusconi resigned in November 2011 with the spread above
550 points and Italy on the brink of a Greece-style crisis.
He recently backtracked on a pledge to stay out of
front-line politics, saying the struggling centre right had not
found anyone capable of wooing back enough voters to win a
general election set for late February.
In Friday's radio interview, Berlusconi added that centrist
leader Pier Ferdinando Casini and affiliated "little parties"
set to back Monti would "let the left in" unless he stood.
He voiced confidence of luring back voters who have deserted
him amid sex and corruption scandals and said a third of his
election candidates would be women.

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