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Italy's president rebuts attacks from Northern League MEPs

'I did not invent this government on a whim'

05 February, 16:39
Italy's president rebuts attacks from Northern League MEPs (see related) (ANSA) - Strasbourg, February 5 - Italy's President Giorgio Napolitano on Wednesday told Italian MEPs he did not invent the current or the previous government on a whim, but that both were formed by agreement from all political sides as called for by the law of the land.

The president's comments came after MEPs from the anti-euro, anti-immigrant Northern League tried to interrupt his speech to the European Parliament on Tuesday by shouting and holding up signs that said "The Euro Kills" and "He's Not My President".

Napolitano presided over the birth of Premier Enrico Letta's left-right coalition government as well as the previous technocrat administration of Mario Monti.

Letta is staunchly pro-EU, and Monti implemented highly unpopular austerity measures which brought Italy back from the brink of a Greek-style financial meltdown.

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