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Monti, who was headed to Berlin Wednesday for talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel in his first official visit to the German capital, was quoted in an interview with German daily Welt as saying that his country’s economic reforms do not receive the recognition they deserve.

"It is a problem that despite our sacrifices we do not experience any kind of concession by the EU, for example in the form of a cut in interest rates," Monti said in an interview that was printed in German.

He warned Italians could turn hostile toward Europe and Germany if they do not see that the austerity measures they have accepted lead to any progress in the country’s financial situation. Although Monti’s government has adopted debt-cutting reforms, Italy’s borrowing rates remain dangerously high.

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