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Monti says Berlusconi party becoming 'extreme, sectarian'

Outgoing premier suggests Brunetta dictating PdL stances

03 January, 12:54
Monti says Berlusconi party becoming 'extreme, sectarian' (see related stories) (ANSA) - Rome, January 3 - Outgoing Italian Premier Mario Monti said Thursday that his predecessor Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party was increasingly adopting extreme positions on economic affairs.

Monti blamed the new direction on former civil service minister Renato Brunetta, an academic, economist and a senior PdL spokesman on economic affairs.

"From the point of view of the general economy, Brunetta is taking the PdL to extreme, sectarian positions with the authoritativeness of a professor and a certain academic stature," Monti told Rai television.

The PdL has recently become highly critical of the austerity policies Monti's emergency technocrat government adopted to steer Italy out of the centre of the eurozone crisis after taking power in November 2011.

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