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Italian PM: 'I agree with Prime Minister Cameron' on EU

Italian prime minister Mario Monti spoke in support of David Cameron's highly-anticipated Europe speech today.

"I agree with Prime Minister Cameron, as I agree that prosperity and growth have to be priority number one for Europe," he said.

"I am confident that if there is to be a referendum one day, the UK citizens will decide to stay in the European Union and contribute to shape its future."

He added: "The European Union does not need unwilling Europeans - we desperately need willing Europeans."

Italy's Monti 'would consider' standing at election

Italy's outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti has said that he would be ready to offer his leadership to political forces that adopt his agenda of reforms the country needs.

Speaking at an end of year news conference, Monti stressed that he was not now entering any political movement and that he was more concerned about his policy prescriptions being followed than personalities.

Italy's outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti. Credit: Carl Court/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Asked whether he was ready to stand as prime minister again, he said: "If a credible political force asked me to run as prime minister for them I would consider it."

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Italy's prime minister announces plan to resign

Italy's Prime Minister Mario Monti Credit: REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Italy's prime minister Mario Monti has told the country's president that he wants to resign after the Budget Law has been passed.

It follows yesterday's news that the former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi plans to run in the general election early next year.

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