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Brutal measures were taken to avoid catastrophe, Monti says

Crisis had to be countered, premier tells mayors

Brutal measures were taken to avoid catastrophe, Monti says

(ANSA) - Bologna, October 17 - To counter the crisis, his government had to take "brutal measures," Italian Premier Mario Monti said on Wednesday at a national mayors' assembly in Bologna. "We did not use a fine-tuned scalpel....we had to avoid catastrophe," Monti told the National Association of Cities' (ANCI) assembly referring to the measures taken by his government to address the crisis. Monti's administration brought in to replace the government of Silvio Berlusconi amid a peak in the euro crisis last November is a group of unelected technocrats, mostly with economic and finance backgrounds.

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