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Italy is not 'adrift' after election, says president

No risk of contagion because 'no illness', argues Napolitano

Italy is not 'adrift' after election, says president

(see related story on Monti) Berlin, February 28 - Italian President Giorgio Napolitano said Thursday that Italy's was not "adrift" after its general election failed to produce a clear winner. He also said he did not see any danger of political gridlock in Rome reigniting the eurozone crisis. "Italy is not adrift and I don't see any risk of contagion because to be contagious you have to get an illness and we don't have an illness," Napolitano told a press conference after meeting his German counterpart Joachim Gauck during a visit to Berlin. The Italian head of state pointed out that outgoing Premier Mario Monti's government would stay in power until a new administration was sworn in. He also said Italy would respect its commitments to the European Union, including deficit and debt pledges, whoever heads the next Rome administration. "Italy cannot fail to pursue the great European road and so it must take its responsibilities and do its part in terms of sacrifices," Napolitano said.

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