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Renzi is a convinced pro-European, Barroso says

Commission president has met Italy's likely next premier

14 February, 15:59
Renzi is a convinced pro-European, Barroso says (see related stories) (ANSA) - Brussels, February 14 - Matteo Renzi, who heads Italy's centre-left Democratic Party (PD) party and looks set to be Italy's newt Premier, is clearly a strong supporter of European integration, European Commission President Josè Manuel Barroso said Friday.

Barroso said he has met Renzi several times, who looks set to take the helm of government after his PD colleague, Enrico Letta, quit as premier Friday.

"Renzi is a convinced European and is profoundly interested in pushing forward the European integration process," Barroso said.