Mercoledì, 24 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Berlusconi brushes off 'EPP endorsement' of Monti

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Rome, January 16 - The endorsement of Mario Monti
as future Italian premier by a leading European politician was
purely self-serving, ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi scoffed
Wednesday.
Berlusconi, leader of the right-leaning People of Freedom
(PdL) party, shrugged off the endorsement of Monti made one day
earlier by Joseph Daul, caucus leader of the centre-right
European People's Party (EPP) in the European Parliament.
"He is just one of the 14 deputy speakers of the EPP," said
Berlusconi, campaigning for election in next month's national
Italian vote.
"Daul is just one of the EPP's 14 deputy speakers. Maybe he
has personal ambitions," and is seeking an alliance with Monti,
former European commissioner, for his own gain, added
Berlusconi.
He also suggested that Monti was too close to Germany,
another reason he has been popular with some European leaders.
In the same vein, Berlusconi dismissed suggestions he has
had personal problems with other European leaders including EP
Speaker and Socialist caucus chief Martin Schultz - with whom he
once famously crossed swords in the EP - and Jean-Claude Junker,
Prime Minister of Luxembourg and head of the Euro Group of
economy and finance ministers.
The pair, along with Daul, were not "respected
protagonists" in Europe, said Berlusconi.

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