BERLIN Feb 21 German Finance Minister Wolfgang
Schaeuble praised Italy's outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti on
Thursday for making progress with reforms in the euro zone's
third biggest economy.
"Things went well with Monti," Schaeuble said at an event
with young people.
He declined to comment directly on the candidacy of former
prime minister Silvio Berlusconi - a fierce critic of Monti's
German-backed austerity drive - in Italy's Feb. 24-25
"We are not getting involved there," he said.
Commenting on a financial transaction tax recently agreed by
11 euro zone countries including Germany, Schaeuble said it
would be wrong to expect too much in terms of new revenues at