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Here's a different spin on the same situation: Centre-right leaders back Monti to stand in national elections (EurActiv, 13/12/12)
The Italian political saga took another turn after both outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti and former premier Silvio Berlusconi appared at the European People's Party meeting on the margins of the EU summit today (13 December) in Brussels.

The presence of the two Italians at the EPP gathering seemed to confirm Berlusconi's intention to drop his candidacy to lead Italy's centre-right coalition if Monti agreed to head the coalition in the country's upcoming elections.

Monti, speaking in Brussels, refused to comment on his predecessor's offer. In October, the billionaire entrepreneur proposed the prime minister to lead a coalition of moderates to campaign in the next elections, but Monti refused.

Berlusconi is quoted as saying "I have no personal ambitions". ROFL

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Dec 13th, 2012 at 07:34:28 PM EST
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