Renzi tells Greece to respect rules, adopt reforms-update2

Italy hasn't raised taxes so Greeks can keep dodging them

(ANSA) - Berlin, July 1 - Premier Matteo Renzi said Wednesday that Greece should follow Italy's lead by working to respect the EU rules and adopt economic reforms. "I'm convinced that Greece must take the highway of structural reforms," Renzi said, stressing the efforts Italy has made to respect EU budget rules. "If the rules are respected everywhere they must be respect in Greece too," he added in a speech on the future of Europe at Berlin's Humboldt University before a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel in the German capital. "We haven't cut the pensions for early retirees in Italy so Greece can keep paying them.
    "We haven't raised taxes in Italy so that Greek ship owners can continue not paying them".
   

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