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Barroso salutes Letta, 'great European'

EC chief thanks ex-premier for 'commitment'

14 February, 14:47
Barroso salutes Letta, 'great European' (ANSA) - Brussels, February 14 - European Commission President José Manuel Barroso on Friday saluted ex-premier Enrico Letta as a "great European".

Barroso told reporters he had phoned Letta before his resignation, adding "I want to thank him for his commitment". Letta stepped down Friday after his Democratic Party (PD) leader Matteo Renzi called for a new government Thursday.

Renzi is tipped to get a mandate to form an executive from Italian President Giorgio Napolitano.

The PD is the biggest party in parliament.

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