Sabato, 22 Settembre 2018
ROME

Centre-left will try to work with Monti, Bersani tells WP

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Rome, January 14 - Pier Luigi Bersani, leader of
the Democratic Party (PD) and front-runner to become Italy's
next premier, told The Washington Post in an interview published
Sunday that his centre-left coalition, if elected in February,
would try to collaborate with outgoing premier Mario Monti to
continue reforms aimed at fixing Italy's economy.
"We are open to collaboration. Not exchanging favors, but
signing a pact for reforms and reconstruction of the country,"
Bersani told the American newspaper.
Monti was appointed to guide Italy from the brink of
financial disaster in November 2011 as the head of a technocrat
government.
Since then, he has introduced a series of austerity
measures and systemic reforms that won international praise and
saw interest rates on Italian bonds fall by more than half since
he took the helm.
The measures have been unpopular and created new
recessionary pressure on Italy, already suffering a decade of
stagnation exacerbated by the global financial crisis of
2008-2009.
Monti resigned in December after the centre-right People of
Freedom Party (PdL), led by Silvio Berlusconi, abstained in a
parliament vote, threatening Monti's majority.
Monti has since proposed a policy agenda for the next
government, to be elected February 24, and announced he would
run for premier with the support of a coalition of centrist
political parties.
When Bersani was asked why he seemed to stand on the
sidelines as Monti and ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi hashed out
differences in the public spotlight, Bersani explained, "Mr.
Berlusconi was responsible for the premature fall of Monti's
government. And Mr. Monti did not like it one bit".
"We kept our promise to support Monti until the very end -
we kept our promise, although it was not easy. So now we just
keep watching," added Bersani.

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