Napolitano criticises rumours of political instability

(AGI) Rome, Dec 16 - Italy's President, Giorgio Napolitano,said hearsay on the vicissitudes of the Italian politicalsystem are baseless and can only do the nation harm. "We cannotcontinue to be a nation affected by what I would define ashypothetical discussions. If, when, and how one can reach oraim for early elections; whether winds of a split are blowingin this or that political party, perhaps even in the majorityparty", he stated during the traditional exchange of season'sgreetings at the Quirinal on Tuesday. "It's only time and inkdivested from the examination of real

(AGI) Rome, Dec 16 - Italy's President, Giorgio Napolitano,said hearsay on the vicissitudes of the Italian politicalsystem are baseless and can only do the nation harm. "We cannotcontinue to be a nation affected by what I would define ashypothetical discussions. If, when, and how one can reach oraim for early elections; whether winds of a split are blowingin this or that political party, perhaps even in the majorityparty", he stated during the traditional exchange of season'sgreetings at the Quirinal on Tuesday. "It's only time and inkdivested from the examination of real problems, includingpolitical ones. It is only confused, nervous agitation thatnewly conjures up the ghost of instability. And the damage canbe great. The trials that we, the Italian system and democracy,have to face are still arduous. We must proceed with coherenceand without breaks on the road to reforms. Unemployment, amongyoung people in particular, is still at unbearably high levels.There is a dire need to express confidence in Italy'spotential", he said. Napolitano noted the tenacity of Italy'sproduction, which still garners "signs of real appreciation andinterest from foreign investors", and that "not insignificantcontributions" have been made by the Ministry of Economy andFinance to help businesses facing a crisis, as well as by theprime minister's program, of which "the relevance andeffectiveness objectively cannot be denied". He added,"Processes of change have begun on an internal level, and ofattention and faith on an external level. The continuity ofthis new path must not be tampered with. There is a widespreadmalaise among millions of impoverished families, young peoplewithout future prospects, workers who have felt their jobsecurity crumbling. There is lots of real suffering andtherefore tension, a desire to react, a drive to protest,rather than resignation". President Napolitano also warned thatthe tense social climate most be viewed with concern because"it is imbued with negativity and is too distant from forms ofdialogue". A situation which, he believes, may hinder reformsin Europe as well as Italy. "And so I say not only but also tolabour unions, whom I always hope are constructively unifiedstarting with the largest ones, that the government andparliament's prerogatives must be complied with, without undueand abnormal mishmashing, with respect towards the unions'natural role in negotiations and representation, and with ajoint effort to discuss vital issues of general interest".Napolitano concluded, "Our friends in Europe and around theworld are expecting new and serious evidence of our continuityin making changes". (AGI).