The absence of political personalities in the government will help rather than hinder a solid base of support for the government in parliament and in the political parties because it will remove one ground for disagreement.
Like other antitrust agencies we make our assessment of a merger or antitrust case based on its impact on our jurisdiction, and not on the nationality of the companies. This is exactly what the U.S. antitrust agencies, the Justice Department and the FTC, do.
The two greatest priorities for my government are tackling tax evasion and corruption.
I am certain that most Germans have instinctive liking for Italy, just as Italians admire Germans for their many qualities.
I know this isn't a widespread view in the Anglo Saxon world, but I believe that much of the reconciliation between more centralized governance and the scope for democracy - democratic control - will be resolved through an even stronger role of the European Parliament.
If governments let themselves be fully bound by the decisions of their parliaments without protecting their own freedom to act, a breakup of Europe would be a more probable outcome than deeper integration.
There was in Italy a hidden demand for a boring government which would try to tell the truth in non-political jargon.
I hope that my government can help change Italian mentality.
I know that speaking with parties, which I do, but not very often, is seen by many as a 'contamination.'
If the euro becomes a factor promoting Europe's drifting apart, then the foundation of the European project is destroyed.
It is very unusual for a country to ask guys who are not politicians to come and run the country.
This is certainly not the first case in which a merger approved in one place hasn't gone through in the other. There was a case last year where the merger between two EU companies was approved here and blocked in the U.S.
First of all, I don't like to speak about austerity. I'd prefer to speak of fiscal discipline. Fiscal discipline, in the end, amounts to austerity if it is not accompanied by other policies.
I have always been considered to be the most German among Italian economists, which I always received as a compliment, but was rarely meant to be one.
Try to guess my answer to that question, however temptingly you pose it.
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