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Monti relaunches Rome summit against Eurosceptics

Extraordinary meeting to combat rising anti-euro feeling

19 October, 12:39
Monti relaunches Rome summit against Eurosceptics (ANSA) - Brussels, October 19 - Italian Premier Mario Monti on Friday relaunched the idea of an extraordinary European Union summit in Rome to fight growing Euroskepticism fueled by the euro debt crisis.

Monti repeated the need for such an event, amid mounting anti-euro sentiment in several crisis-affected countries, on the second and last day of an EU summit in Brussels.

The premier first floated the idea at a symposium last month at Cernobbio, a northern Italian venue for international political and business discussions, and was immediately backed by European Council President Herman Van Rompuy. Monti would like to hold the summit on Rome's Capitoline Hill (Campidoglio), the ancient and modern seat of Roman government, where the EU's founding Treaty of Rome was signed in 1957.