Italy could become European leader over 20 years, Renzi says
Premier says hard work will be rewarded19 March, 18:46
"We are going in Europe, conscious of the fact that we have countless limits and difficulties - but, if Italy works hard enough, it can aim to be a leader within the European Union for the next 20 years and not for six months", the premier said.
He was referring to the six-month rotating presidency of the EU which Italy assumes for the second half of this year.
Renzi stressed that will be a "huge opportunity and not a formality".