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Italian PM Matteo Renzi slams austerity in EU election campaign

Published on Apr 12, 2014 10:48 PM
 
Prime Ministre Matteo Renzi (centre) poses for a selfie during a campaign meeting of the Democratic Party (PD) on April 12, 2014, at the Palaolimpico in Turin ahead of the European elections. 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. -- PHOTO: AFP

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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