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Monti blames tax hikes on past 'irresponsibility'

Comments likely to be seen as attack on Berlusconi

Monti blames tax hikes on past 'irresponsibility'

(see related story) Rome, January 8 - Outgoing Italian Premier Mario Monti said Tuesday that his emergency technocrat government was "forced" to raise taxes "because irresponsible people" put Italy into a financial crisis. The comments are likely to be interpreted as an attack on his predecessor Silvio Berlusconi, who was forced to resign as premier when Italy's debt crisis threatened to spiral out of control in November 2011. "Now the country is safe and there is the prospect of a gradual reduction in taxes," Monti told Mediaset television.

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