Martedì, 18 Settembre 2018
ROME

Monti, Berlusconi on collision course, says Financial Times

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Rome, December 27 - Centrist politicians in Italy
are ''rallying behind'' Premier Mario Monti's offer to lead an
alliance into February elections, Britain's respected Financial
Times newspaper reported Thursday.
And that, it says, is setting the stage for a confrontation
between Monti and ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi in his attempt to
return to power.
The newspaper, quoting political sources, says that Monti,
who was appointed technocrat premier 13 months ago, was
scheduled to meet with prospective coalition partners on
Thursday to discuss strategy and candidate lists.
Monti, who is already assured a seat in parliament as a
life senator, published a 25-page political manifesto on the
Internet during the Christmas holidays.
It has drawn endorsements from a civic movement led by
Ferrari chief Luca Cordero di Montezemolo and small centrist
parties, including Pier Ferdinando Casini's Catholic UDC, says
the newspaper.
A few other politicians from mainstream parties have also
backed Monti, who is expected to be joined by several of his
cabinet colleagues including Corrado Passera, his industry
minister.
The Financial Times is also watching Democratic Party chief
Pier Luigi Bersani closely for clues about what kind of
government he might form after the elections on February 24-25.
In recent articles, it describes Bersani, who leads the
main centre-left party, as the front runner in the campaign.
And it quotes Bersani as saying he would be willing to give
more power to Brussels over Italian government spending in
exchange for greater freedom from the European Union to give key
Italian economic sectors a boost.
''I am ready to discuss - if it will be my turn to run the
country - how to strengthen the mechanism of fiscal discipline
to monitor national budgets in exchange for new policies aimed
at stimulating the economy,'' Bersani told the Financial Times.

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