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Monti to meet Bersani, Berlusconi, Grillo ahead of EU summit

Outgoing premier wants 'exchange of opinions'

Monti to meet Bersani, Berlusconi, Grillo ahead of EU summit

Rome, March 5 - Outgoing Premier Mario Monti has requested the leaders of Italy's main political groups to meet him for an "exchange of ideas" on Italy's position ahead of next week's European Union summit. Monti is still at the helm of government and will represent Italy in Brussels after last week's general election failed to produce a winner. Pier Luigi Bersani's centre-left alliance was first but it failed to win a working majority in the Senate after ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's centre right came a close second and former comedian Beppe Grillo's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement benefited from a big protest vote. Grillo's movement holds the balance of power in parliament but it has said it will not support a government led by Bersani or Berlusconi. Monti will meet Bersani, Berlusconi and Grillo separately at the premier's office, Palazzo Chigi.

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