Italian PM Matteo Renzi slams austerity in EU election campaign
Published on Apr 12, 2014 10:48 PM
TURIN (AFP) - Italy's new prime minister on Saturday blasted what he called a European Union of austerity and bankers, as he kicked off his party's campaign for next month's European elections.
"We want a Europe of ideas, not only of banks," said Matteo Renzi, Italy's 39-year-old leader, addressing a campaign rally in jeans and a white shirt.
"A Europe based on rigour and guided by a narrow vision has no future," he told the crowd.
Renzi was launching his centre-left Democratic Party's campaign for European elections on May 22-25.
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