FILE This Monday, May 7, 2012 file photo shows Italian Premier Mario Monti at a joint press conference with Albanian Premier Sali Berisha, unseen, at Chigi palace, Premier's office, in Rome. Mario ... more 
FILE This Monday, May 7, 2012 file photo shows Italian Premier Mario Monti at a joint press conference with Albanian Premier Sali Berisha, unseen, at Chigi palace, Premier's office, in Rome. Mario Monti, hailed as a savior in November when he was named premier to tackle Italy's financial crisis, is feeling the sting as he comes under attack from all sides _ variously described as a cold-hearted economist, a slave to the banks or a softie lacking the courage to push harder with reforms. The resounding anti-austerity votes in elections in France, Greece and Germany’s most populous state have piled pressure on Monti, who needs to placate an increasingly restive population while persuading markets that it’s safe to lend to a nation whose public debt stands at a staggering 120 percent of GDP. Adding to the urgency, Italy announced this week that it fell deeper into recession with its economy shrinking for the third straight quarter in its biggest contraction since 2009.(AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia) less 
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