August 14, 2018 / 2:29 PM / 3 months ago

Bridge collapse shows public works priority over budget limits - Deputy PM

The collapsed Morandi Bridge is seen in the Italian port city of Genoa, Italy August 14, 2018. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

ROME (Reuters) - Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said on Tuesday that the bridge collapse in Genoa that killed at least 22 people means that the country must put public works spending before concern about deficit spending limits.

Asked about the collapse on a live broadcast by SkyTG24, Salvini responded: “We should ask ourselves whether respecting these (budget) limits is more important than the safety of Italian citizens. Obviously for me it is not.”

Reporting by Steve Scherer, editing by Valentina Za

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