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Stable government in Italy 'crucial', Germany says

Berlin calls on future admin to continue Monti's policies

Stable government in Italy 'crucial', Germany says

Berlin, February 26 - The German foreign minister said Tuesday that Italy needed a stable government as soon as possible after the country's general election failed to produce a clear winner. ''It is crucial that Italy has a stable government able to act on its behalf as soon as possible in the interest of the country and of Europe,'' said Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle. Germany's chief diplomat also called on Italy to continue on the path of reform begun by outgoing technocrat Premier Mario Monti and underlined the country's central role in Europe. ''When we talk about the crisis in Europe, we are all in the same boat,'' he said. The General election in Italy on February 24 and 25 produced a stalemate, with Pier Luigi Bersani's centre-left alliance just managing to win outright control of the House, but failing to obtain a working majority in the Senate, in part due to big gains by the anti-establishment Five Star Movement led by Genoa comic Beppe Grillo.

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