Monti responds to 'Grillo risk' question

Speaks of threat of plunging back into sovereign debt crisis

Monti responds to 'Grillo risk' question

Florence, February 22 - Outgoing Italian Premier Mario Monti indicated on Friday that the Genoa comedian Beppe Grillo's political movement had the potential to toss Italy back into sovereign debt crisis once again. Responding to journalists' questions about what risk Grillo's populist and anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) posed should it garner substantial voter support in parliamentary elections on Sunday and Monday, Monti said, "We had the risk of (becoming like) Greece in November 2011 and we managed to thwart it with all the understanding and sacrifice of the Italian people. "It would be terrible to fall back into it. I hope not," said Monti.

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