ROME (AFP) – Italy on Monday issued mixed signals over whether it would back Greece in its fight for a renegotiation of its huge debts to international lenders.
Speaking to RTL Radio, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi reiterated his long-standing view that Europe must abandon austerity, while calling for “prudence and responsibility” in the handling of the Greek situation.
Renzi was speaking ahead of talks on Tuesday with Greece’s new leftist prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, who is due to visit Rome, Brussels and Paris this week.
“Tomorrow we will meet Tsipras, and on February 12 we have the European Council (summit of EU leaders),” Renzi said.
“I believe it is crucial to send a clear message: we want to move the discussion on economic policy from austerity and rigour towards growth and investment.