Domenica, 23 Settembre 2018
ROME

Italy on 'razor's edge with EU', says Napolitano

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Rome, May 16 - Italian President Giorgio Napolitano
has praised Italy's main political parties for making Premier
Enrico Letta's left-right government possible but warned that
elements in the political class have not realised the country is
on the "razor's edge".
Letta's centre-left Democratic Party (PD) and ex-premier
Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party formed a pact
in April to end two months of political deadlock after
February's general election failed to produce a clear winner.
But the coalition appears fragile and there is major
friction between the parties over justice, amid Berlusconi's
protests that he is the victim of persecution from magistrates
after his legal problems worsened recently, and over the PdL's
demands that the IMU propery tax be scrapped.
Napolitano said in an interview published in Rome-based
daily Il Messaggero on Thursday that he saw the start of new
government as "serious and serene" and that Letta was not
letting himself "be intimidated by polemics or incidents along
the way".
But the head of state added that it was not easy for the
forces within government to "live together" as "the parties do
not stop reacting to events, each on their own way".
He also said that: "some people don't realise that we are
on the razor's edge with respect to Brussels".
Letta's government is hoping to convince the European
Commission to remove its excessive-deficit procedure against
Italy, with it forecasting that the deficit-to-GDP ratio will be
just below the permitted 3% threshold this year, at 2.9%.
Letta's predecessor, Mario Monti, helped steer Italy out of
the centre of the eurozone debt crisis at the helm of an
emergency technocrat administration.
But the country is in a long recession and is seen as
vulnerable to 'contagion' from problems in other countries
because of its massive public debt of over two trillion euros.
Napolitano also called on the parties to have measured
reactions to criminal trials, a comment that seems directed at
the PdL, with their leader Berlusconi involved in a number of
cases.
"The fewer disordered reactions there are, the better," he
said.

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