Sabato, 22 Settembre 2018

Former FM Frattini won't run on Monti's ticket


Rome, January 10 - Former Italian foreign minister
Franco Frattini issued a statement Thursday declining to run on
outgoing Premier Mario Monti's ticket in national elections next
''I am very grateful to Premier Monti...but, as I decided a
few weeks ago and as I told the president yesterday, my choice
remains to continue supporting that ideal project as president
of the Alcide De Gasperi Foundation and as the European People's
Party (EPP) foreign affairs chief, and therefore without an
additional candidacy.
"Premier Monti understood my choice,'' Frattini said in the
statement. ''Not only that, I reiterate what I told him a few
months ago: for him to approach the EPP, followed by a possible
role as federator of Italian moderates.''
Frattini, who served as foreign minister under former
premier Silvio Berlusconi, went on to say he aims to create an
Italian EPP, and to praise Monti's electoral coalition, recently
baptized as Civic Choice (Scelta Civica).
''It has a realistic, credible program, far from the usual
insults, clashes and false campaign promises,'' Frattini said,
adding that in the past year Monti has ''allowed our country to
once again become a protagonist in Europe and in the world,
because it was judged to be trustworthy and committed to the
fight against populism, euroscepticism, and corruption".

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