Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018

Monti chides Berlusconi failure to raise Italy's profile


Rome, January 16 - Outgoing premier Mario Monti
says if he is returned to office he will enjoy a higher profile
and be a far more respected international face for Italy than
has been his predecessor and current opponent Silvio Berlusconi.
Monti, the technocrat who resigned as caretaker premier to
stand for election next month, took some aggressive shots
against the former premier Wednesday.
He suggested that Berlusconi was so poor at his job
representing Italy to the world that other international leaders
rarely called him or thought about Italy.
"Often, when we have been abroad we've heard: 'it has been
years since we saw a premier," of Italy, claimed Monti, who is
leading a centrist coalition for election on February 24 and 25.
All that has improved, Monti added, since he became premier
in November 2011.
Since then, Italy's global reputation has become "trusted
financially and, more generally, has been restored", he added
during comments at a forum organized by the Italian trade
institute ICE.
As Monti spoke, organizers of the prestigious World
Economic Forum announced that Monti will take part in the
opening of the 43rd edition of the event that begins January 23
in Davos, Switzerland.
The blue-chip conference attracts leading international
figures in finance, central banking, and key politicians.
Monti will share the stage with Russian Premier Dmitry
Medvedev, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Microsoft founder
Bill Gates, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and International
Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde.
Opinion polls suggest Monti could hold the balance of power
in the next parliament, where the centre-left Democratic Party
may not achieve a majority in the Senate.

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