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Many Italians fed up of 'Euro-rhetoric' says Letta

Premier says 'concrete deeds' needed

Many Italians fed up of 'Euro-rhetoric' says Letta

Rome, June 28 - Many people in Italy are fed up with "Euro-rhetoric" that does not lead to solutions to ordinary people's struggles during the economic crisis, Premier Enrico Letta said at the end of a two-day European Union summit in Brussels. But Letta also stressed that the EU has to some degree provided an answer with the agreements it reached at Thursday and Friday's summit, including measures to combat youth unemployment. "There is a very strong feeling of impatience with Euro-rhetoric, both in Italy's political parties and in certain segments of the population," Letta told a press conference. "There was a need for concrete deeds like those achieved at this summit". Ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) and the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) campaigned hard against EU-imposed austerity in the run-up to February's inconclusive general election. That vote ended in a virtual three-way tie among the PdL, M5S and the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) that led to two months of political deadlock before Letta's left-right government was sworn in late in April.

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