Martedì, 25 Settembre 2018

Bersani irked by Monti jab on MPS


Rome, January 25 - Democratic Party (PD) leader
Pier Luigi Bersani said he was irked Friday by outgoing Premier
Mario Monti's latest jab at the PD, over troubled Siena bank
Monte dei Paschi di Siena (MPS), at the centre of a row over
previously undisclosed derivatives losses.
"He (Monti) finds a flaw in the PD every day while I never
heard any for a year,' Bersani said, referring to the PD's
support for the Monti government that folded in December after
ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi withdrew support.
The PD has run Siena for decades and it is represented on
the foundation that controls MPS, Italy's third-largest lender
and the country's oldest bank.
Earlier this week MPS said it had just discovered losses of
720 million euros from two derivatives deals, with Japanese bank
Nomura and German bank Deutsche Bank, increasing criticism of
its running after a 3.9-billion-euro government bailout last
Monti said Friday that political involvement in banks had to
be "rooted out", calling it "an ugly beast".
"The PD is involved (in the MPS case), it has always had a
lot of influence on the bank and on Siena's political life,"
Monti said.
While Berlusconi did not attempt to make political capital
out of the case, saying he was "grateful" to MPS because it had
helped fund a major construction scheme in Milan, his key ally,
Northern League leader Roberto Maroni, claimed the affair
"smells of kickbacks and if that is proven the government should
appoint a commissioner" to run the bank.
Monti, who is polling behind Berlusconi and frontrunner
Bersani for the February 24-25 elections, has taken several
swipes at the PD lately, criticising it for blocking
labour-market reforms and urging it to drop its alliance with
the hard-left SEL party.
But the outgoing premier, who pundits say may have to forge
an alliance with the PD in the Senate, has been even more severe
on Berlusconi, saying he could work with his People of Freedom
(PdL) party but only if three-time premier Berlusconi steps down
as leader.

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