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Rome mayor plays down 'row' with premier

'I have faith in Renzi' says Marino after shutdown threats

27 February, 14:59
Rome mayor plays down 'row' with premier (see previous) (ANSA) - Rome, February 27 - Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino played down reports of sparks flying between him and newly appointed Premier Matteo Renzi after Marino threatened to bring the city to a standstill over a lack of funds from the national government. "I have much faith in Matteo Renzi," said Marino of his colleague from the center-left Democratic Party (PD). "Every meeting with him has been pleasant and punctual, even with those jokes that come naturally to a Tuscan," added Marino of the former mayor of Florence. "The conversation I had with him today was one between two mayors. When I tell him my concerns about paying for buses, he knows what I'm talking about, not in abstract terms". On Wednesday Renzi's government announced it was dropping the so-called 'Save Rome' decree to ensure basic city services, denying it funds Marino says is the money of Romans' taxes.