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The two greatest priorities for my government are tackling tax evasion and corruption. ---->>>

I am certain that most Germans have instinctive liking for Italy, just as Italians admire Germans for their many qualities. ---->>>

If governments let themselves be fully bound by the decisions of their parliaments without protecting their own freedom to act, a breakup of Europe would be a more probable outcome than deeper integration. ---->>>

I know this isn't a widespread view in the Anglo Saxon world, but I believe that much of the reconciliation between more centralized governance and the scope for democracy - democratic control - will be resolved through an even stronger role of the European Parliament. ---->>>

Like other antitrust agencies we make our assessment of a merger or antitrust case based on its impact on our jurisdiction, and not on the nationality of the companies. This is exactly what the U.S. antitrust agencies, the Justice Department and the FTC, do. ---->>>

It is very unusual for a country to ask guys who are not politicians to come and run the country. ---->>>

This is certainly not the first case in which a merger approved in one place hasn't gone through in the other. There was a case last year where the merger between two EU companies was approved here and blocked in the U.S. ---->>>

I hope that my government can help change Italian mentality. ---->>>

I know that speaking with parties, which I do, but not very often, is seen by many as a 'contamination.' ---->>>

There was in Italy a hidden demand for a boring government which would try to tell the truth in non-political jargon. ---->>>

If the euro becomes a factor promoting Europe's drifting apart, then the foundation of the European project is destroyed. ---->>>

Try to guess my answer to that question, however temptingly you pose it. ---->>>

I have always been considered to be the most German among Italian economists, which I always received as a compliment, but was rarely meant to be one. ---->>>

Italy has piled up huge public debt because the successive governments were too close to the life of ordinary citizens, too willing to please the requests of everybody, thereby acting against the interests of future generations. ---->>>

The absence of political personalities in the government will help rather than hinder a solid base of support for the government in parliament and in the political parties because it will remove one ground for disagreement. ---->>>

First of all, I don't like to speak about austerity. I'd prefer to speak of fiscal discipline. Fiscal discipline, in the end, amounts to austerity if it is not accompanied by other policies. ---->>>

I have the most profound respect for the Department of Justice and the FTC. We in Europe are a younger and I would say junior institution to the historical antitrust experience of the US. ---->>>

So I think democracy, in the long-term, in our countries will survive if it comes to be associated with leadership, will not survive if democracy plus media brings to us more and more followship rather than leadership. ---->>>

The more the UK feels distanced from European construction the less others are able to benefit from the full influence of the many good things that the UK can help us all to achieve, and therefore there are many areas where I think it would be beneficial to have the UK fully at the table. ---->>>

In the area of macroeconomic policies, I think we'll see more centralization, like in the budgetary sphere. ---->>>

Italy even in the future will not need aid from the European Financial Stability Fund. ---->>>

Italy needed structural reforms to become more competitive. ---->>>

The Italian economy has been held back for decades. ---->>>

It is rather unusual for Italy to be at the forefront of pro-market initiatives. ---->>>

My aspiration is not to be loved. It is that my government be respected and credible. ---->>>

Not all Greeks are ready to do whatever is necessary to stay in the euro. ---->>>

Europe has to avoid old prejudices and new ones. That means north versus south, rich versus poor. ---->>>

Growth in any individual European country has to be the result of policies for growth pursued in that country consistent with budgetary discipline. ---->>>

I believe that in Europe, we have a collective leadership.

I believe that in Europe, we have a collective leadership.

I believe that reforms will not really take hold if they do not gradually come into the culture of the people. ---->>>

I don't believe we're seeing the beginning of a divergence. We have seen a partial divergence on this case. ---->>>

I understand that Italy could have been associated with the idea of an undisciplined country in the past. ---->>>

If Spain goes under, Italy will come under even more scrutiny. ---->>>

All I am saying is I will be a senator - should there be any special circumstance where the political forces would believe that there might be a need for my service, I would consider it. ---->>>

Much of what Germany and France have done in the rescue of Greece has also helped German and French banks, who for a long time were major creditors for Greece and Greek banks. ---->>>

A lot of the American press at the time was saying 'just watch what happens when Bertelsmann tries to buy EMI, that will be a moment of truth that will show the Commission's true colors.' Well, that deal never happened either. ---->>>

As to the question of elected or not elected, each member of the European Commission has been appointed jointly by the governments of the 15 member states, and undergone individual scrutiny and a vote of confidence from the European Parliament. ---->>>

Dominant companies have a special responsibility to ensure that the way they do business doesn't prevent competition... and does not harm consumers and innovation. ---->>>

Reference to the territory and total disregard for the nationality of the companies is of course the best guarantee that competition assessment remain just that and doesn't get affected by trade or other considerations. ---->>>

That statement was not addressed to the authors of political statements. I said that I deplore attempts to misinform the public and to /trigger/ political intervention. And there were such attempts. ---->>>

There is no government in Europe where ministers go through that kind of confirmation process, which in fact is modeled on the way the U.S. cabinet members are confirmed. ---->>>

What will growth policy have to look like in a fiscally compacted Europe? Clearly any illusion of budget stimulated growth policy will have to go away. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: Italian
Born: 03-19, 1943
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Occupation: Public Servant
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Mario Monti, OMRI (born 19 March 1943) is an Italian economist who served as the Prime Minister of Italy from 2011 to 2013, despite never having been an elected politician, leading a government of technocrats in the wake of the Italian debt crisis. Monti served as a European Commissioner from 1995 to 2004, with responsibility for the Internal Market, Services, Customs and Taxation from 1995 to 1999 and for Competition from 1999 to 2004 (wikipedia)