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Leading Italian senator wants wide support for Monti

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Leading Italian senator wants wide support for Monti


The Vice President of the Italian Senate, Emma Bonino, was among the first politicians to congratulate Mario Monti upon his taking up the role of Italian premier. She has spoken to euronews’ Cecilia Cacciotto, and said:

Emma Bonino: “Monti is an extraordinary person and very worthy. The problem is that the demands of Italian corporations and the lack of reforms go back 20 years.”

Cecilia Cacciotto, euronews: “Is Mario Monti capable of restoring Italy’s important role within Europe?”

EB: “I think that the whole government must make an effort, the whole country and of course the prime minister with support, which we’ve always had from Europe and the president of the Republic. But, I repeat, that the whole government must make an effort along with everyone in the country.”

euronews: “The Europe of politicians seems over, is it the time of the technocrats?”

EB: “The problem is that a political Europe never really started. The real problem, and already Kohl, Mitterand and everyone involved were aware of in 1991, is that we can’t have a single currency without a economic government and an economy minister. For me, as a federalist, in order to have a political Europe we first must have a common foreign and defence policy.”

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