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Italy won't team up against Germany says Letta

Youth unemployment 'a nightmare for all European leaders'

Italy won't team up against Germany says Letta

Rome, May 16 - Italy will not try to team up with France against Germany to wrest control of European policy from Berlin, Premier Enrico Letta said Thursday. Letta said he "fully agreed" with French President Francois Hollande that all countries should try to work together to "make the right choices". Italy and France are trying to get German Chancellor Angela Merkel to ease austerity policies and make moves to stoke growth and create jobs, especially for young people. Germany has been hoping struggling EU members will make the structural reforms Berlin achieved a decade ago to boost growth while avoiding deficit spending. On Thursday Letta stressed that the two policy areas were not incompatible. "Budget discipline is the condition for implementing growth policies, and (policies) for young people," he said, acknowledging that Italy had in the past racked up "too much debt". "My generation has learned how much damage can be done when you solve today's problems using tomorrow's resources," he said after talks with Polish Premier Donald Tusk in Warsaw. Letta called youth unemployment "a nightmare for all European leaders".

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