September 13, 2018 / 6:53 PM / 8 months ago

ECB's Draghi should help Italy, 'not just criticise' - Salvini

FILE PHOTO: Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini speaks during a meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Milan, Italy, August 28, 2018. REUTERS/Massimo Pinca/File Photo

ROME (Reuters) - The head of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi should look after Italy’s interests and not just criticise the country, Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister, Matteo Salvini, said in a statement on Thursday.

The ECB’s Draghi, who is an Italian, earlier told reporters in Frankfurt that suggestions by some policymakers in Italy that the country’s 2019 budget may fail to comply with EU norms had impinged on the economy and hit financial markets.

“I count on Italians in Europe to look after the interests of Italy as happens in all other countries, and that they help and advise and not just criticise,” Salvini said in a statement, adding that he was responding to the previous comments from Draghi.

Reporting by Crispian Balmer; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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