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Italy could become European leader over 20 years, Renzi says

Premier says hard work will be rewarded

19 March, 18:46
Italy could become European leader over 20 years, Renzi says (ANSA) - Rome, March 19 - Italian Premier Matteo Renzi on Wednesday told the Senate that Italy could become a European leader over the next two decades if it works hard enough.

"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".

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