(ANSA) - Florence, February 22 - Outgoing technocrat Premier
Mario Monti on Friday warned against destructive populism and
called for a new Italian renaissance during his final appeal to
voters ahead of general elections on February 24 and 25.
"Populism wants to take advantage of people's anger to
wreck everything and shut off our country from the world," said
Monti in Florence at the close of his bid for election as
premier on the moderate and reformist Civic Choice platform.
"The challenge of these elections is between populists and
reformists," he continued.
The economist and former EU commissioner for competition
added that he had chosen to end his campaign in the cradle of
the Italian Renaissance because he was "deeply convinced that
Italy needs to be reborn on the same basis".