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Mario Monti is man of the moment but ghost of Silvio Berlusconi looms

Italy's new Prime Minister Mario Monti shakes hands with outgoing Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Picture: Getty

Italy's new Prime Minister Mario Monti shakes hands with outgoing Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Picture: Getty

Fellow European leaders have heaped praise on Italian prime minister Mario Monti, as he sought to reassure them his country would not be left adrift following his surprise decision to resign and the return to front-line politics of Silvio Berlusconi.

 

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