Italian church tells politicians not to be self-absorbed

'Meat of the problem is jobs' says Bagnasco

Italian church tells politicians not to be self-absorbed

Genoa, June 7 - Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, the head of Italian bishops conference CEI, told the country's politicians not to lose focus on the problems affecting ordinary Italians as they start trying to tackle a series of institutional reforms. Parliament has started work on reforms considered necessary to make Italy easier to govern, including a new election law, cuts to the number of MPs and changes to the parliamentary set-up to make approving bills less arduous. But Bagnasco, the archbishop of Genoa, said Premier Enrico Letta's government must not let this distract it from working to ease the problems created by the country's longest recession in over 20 years, above all unemployment. "The political world is discussing its costs and (issues such as) whether to have a president directly elected by the people," Bagnasco said. "No one doubts that these issues are important for the good of the country. But the people feel that the meat of the problem is jobs for everyone, especially the young".

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