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Letta says Italy will stand up for itself at EU talks

Premier briefs parliament ahead of debut European summit

Letta says Italy will stand up for itself at EU talks

(see related stories) Rome, May 22 - Italian Premier Enrico Letta said Tuesday that Italy will stand up for itself when it comes to negotiations at the EU level on the eve of his first summit of European leaders. "The Italian parliament counts in Europe and the decisions it takes are binding," Letta told the Senate the day before an extraordinary EU summit, with tax evasion and energy among the issues on the agenda. "We can tell our partners that our positions cannot change because our country asks for that. Italy will go with its back straight and negotiate in the name of our country". Another EU summit focusing on promoting growth and tackling unemployment will be held in June.

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