Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018
ROME

House Speaker tells US ambassador 'Italians are suffering'

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Rome, April 5 - US Ambassador David Thorne on
Friday met with House Speaker Laura Boldrini, who told him of
the plight of average Italian citizens enduring austerity
measures, the euro crisis, and political instability amid a hung
parliament.
"Italians are suffering," she said, "and the institutions
therefore need to set an example. Those who live outside the
palaces of government must believe again in politics, and the
measures approved up until this point are an early sign of steps
in that direction".
House Speaker Boldrini and her Senate counterpart
Pietro Grasso announced in March that they would take 30%
voluntary pay cuts and give up their government apartments in
response to recession-weary Italians who are largely disgruntled
by what they see as an overpaid political elite.
According to figures last year, MPs make an estimated
16,000 euros per month, and Senators earn even more, the highest
in the EU.
The anti-political sentiment was seen as a key to the
stunning success of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S)
of comedian Beppe Grillo, which holds the balance in a divided
Senate and refuses to compromise with other parties in order to
form a government.

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