Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi looks on during a joint news conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi at the end of a meeting at Chigi Palace in Rome, Italy February 10, 2016. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
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Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has compared Europe's recent economic policies to administering drugs to artificially prolong the life of a terminally ill patient.A regular critic of the European Union's budget deficit rules, Renzi said in an open letter published by La Repubblica Thursday that austerity economics had resulted in Europe being left behind by the United States.Renzi has clashed regularly with European Commission and German officials over Italy's demands for leeway on the interpretation and application of rules on public finances for members of the eurozone.
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