Italian PM Warns of European Infighting

"The pressures, which have accompanied the eurozone in recent years, already bear the traits of a psychological break-up of Europe," Minister Mario Monti said.


ITALIAN Prime Minister Mario Monti has voiced fears that tensions sparked by the eurozone crisis have already turned countries against each other and must not be allowed to rip Europe apart.

Asked about resentment in Italy towards Germany and complaints of German arrogance in its handling of the debt crisis, Mr Monti told yesterday's edition of German news magazine Der Spiegel that he was "concerned".

He said he had talked with Chancellor Angela Merkel about growing resentment in Italy not only towards Germany and at times Ms Merkel herself but also towards the EU and the euro, according to an advance copy of Der Spiegel.