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Monti asks EU leaders to reflect on 'Italian case'

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Monti asks EU leaders to reflect on 'Italian case'

Brussels, March 14 - Outgoing Premier Mario Monti said that he would invite European leaders to reflect on Italy and its post-electoral impasse during summit meetings in Brussels Thursday and Friday. "I will ask them to reflect both on the positives and negatives because the Italian case itself calls for reflection in general," Monti said during his last appearance at an EU summit as Italian premier. Following the country's February 24-25 general election Monti warned that there is a danger populism in Italy that could derail the EU integration course. Pier Luigi Bersani's centre-left alliance came first in the elections, but failed to win a working majority in the Senate because of votes pulled by three-time premier Silvio Berlusconi's centre right and the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) of comedian Beppe Grillo. Both Berlusconi and Grillo were accused of using populist rhetoric in the election campaign. Grillo, whose anti-establishment M5S rocked the political establishment with a stunning show in the elections, has proposed holding a referendum on whether Italy should stay in the eurozone.

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