Italy's Renzi says budget flexibility was condition of Juncker's appointment

January 29, 2016 2:28 PM

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BERLIN Jan 29 Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Friday that European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was appointed on condition that EU countries be granted budget flexibility and he hoped that this deal had not been forgotten.

Renzi's blunt message, delivered at a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, marks a continuation of his recently tough rhetoric against the Commission, which has said Italy's 2016 budget may break the EU's fiscal rules.

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