Italy has taken 'courageous steps,' says German chancellor

Call between Merkel and Monti did not include bailout talks

Italy has taken 'courageous steps,' says German chancellor

(ANSA) - Berlin, September 17 - Italy has taken "courageous steps and made progress" with economic reforms, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday. Merkel, speaking at a press conference in Berlin, referred to a telephone conversation between her and Italian Premier Mario Monti. "We spoke of the general situation and how to best help develop the eurozone, but not of the possibility that Italy could ask its European partners for assistance," Merkel said.

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