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More democracy in Europe than can be imagined, Monti says

Even so, support mechanisms need to be further strengthened

06 December, 15:12
More democracy in Europe than can be imagined, Monti says (ANSA) - Brussels, December 6 - There is more democracy in Europe than one would imagine, though the mechanisms that support it need to be further strengthened, Italian Premier Mario Monti said on Thursday.

''We need to further strengthen democratic support mechanisms, their visibility, their simplicity, and further permit European citizens to identify themselves with it, and feel part of it'', Monti said.

''Otherwise we risk the creation of a gap between how one feels as a national citizen and as a European citizen, and the latter will suffer from it'', he added in a video-recorded speech that was aired at the European Democratic Party congress in Brussels.

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