ROME (Reuters) – Italian former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi gave a strong hint on Wednesday that he would stand in next year's election, declaring he would not allow Italy to spiral into recession and saying he had been "besieged by requests" to run. Though Berlusconi has repeatedly changed his mind in the last few months on whether he will stand in the election expected in about four months time, his criticism of Monti's handling of the economy was particularly harsh and came at a critical moment in the run-up to the parliamentary polls. …
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