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Berlusconi says he's not 'Europe's enemy'

Ex-premier says call for Italy to break rules is 'defence of EU'

Berlusconi says he's not 'Europe's enemy'

(see related story) Rome, June 18 - Silvio Berlusconi said Tuesday that he was falsely being depicted as an enemy of Europe after causing a furore by suggesting Italian Premier Enrico Letta should not be afraid to break the EU's budget rules. "They are trying to make me appear like an enemy of the euro and of Europe. Nothing could be falser," three-time premier Berlusconi said. "What I said yesterday was a defence of Europe, it wasn't against it". Berlusconi, whose centre-right People of Freedom (PdL) party helps sustain Letta's government, said his position on the need to drop austerity policies and promote growth in Europe was backed by eminent economists such as Nobel laureate Paul Krugman.

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