BERLIN, April 30 Italy does not need to justify
its spending plans to Germany as long as they remain within
European Union deficit limits, Prime Minister Enrico Letta said
"The ways in which we will find the resources are up to us,
I don't have to explain it to anyone...I'm not here to justify
the internal choices that we intend to make," Letta told a joint
press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Italy has committed to remaining within an EU deficit limit
of 3 percent of gross domestic product, but Letta has made clear
he hopes to ease painful austerity measures in order to
stimulate an economy in deep recession.