BRUSSELS Dec 19 Italy's centre-left leader Pier
Luigi Bersani, whose party is leading in opinion polls, would
maintain the reform agenda of Prime Minister Mario Monti if he
wins next year's election, the head of the Eurogroup,
Jean-Claude Juncker said on Wednesday.
"I'm not saying that he (Bersani) will be the next prime
minister because it's up to the Italian people but I think it's
in the interests of Italy for the reforms initiated by Monti to
continue, possibly with some modifications," he said after
meeting Bersani in Brussels.
"I think we're heading in the same direction," he said,
adding that he had been impressed by his meeting with Bersani.
The praise for Bersani comes after a succession of European
leaders have declared that whoever forms Italy's next government
must maintain Monti's pledges of economic reform and budget