Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018

Ex-Italian premier says Monti 'married' to centre-left chief


Rome, February 8 - Italian centre-right leader
Silvio Berlusconi said on Friday that outgoing Italian premier
Mario Monti hoped to be "assistant" to centre-left chief Pier
Luigi Bersani whom Monti had "married" after an extended
"After a long flirtation from a distance, Monti and Bersani
are finally united in marriage with the blessing of (German
Chancellor) Merkel and her (finance) Minister (Wolfgang)
Schaeuble. Thus Monti has become a politician like the others
and now his biggest aspiration seems to be to become Bersani's
assistant," Berlusconi told the television show 'Coffee Break'
on Italy's La7 TV channel, the only one not controlled by the
State or Berlusconi.
Mario Monti replaced Berlusconi as premier in November
2011, when Italy's debt crisis looked in danger of spiralling
out of control and the bond spread - a key measure of Italy's
borrowing costs - was over 500 points.
Berlusconi was pressured to resign and Monti, a respected
economist, was given the task of steering Italy from financial
Monti, Berlusconi and Bersani are now running in
parliamentary elections to be held February 24-25.
Monti is running on a reform platform aimed at completing
the work his technical government began to relaunch Italy's
The Italian bond spread climbed back to 300 points on
Thursday after starting the week at just over 260 points.
Some analysts have suggested the markets are spooked by the rise
in opinion polls of Berlusconi's centre-right coalition, which
is now around 5% behind Bersani's centre-left alliance.

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