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Italy's outgoing premier Mario Monti gestures as he speaks at a television show in Rome, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. Monti retracted Thursday a comment he made the day before on a supposed preferred outcome in the Italian elections by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, after Steffen Seibert, Merkel's spokesman clarified that the chancellor "does not comment on the Italian elections". In background is a portrait of comedian and blogger Beppe Grillo, whose 5 Stars Movement could be the big surprise at the upcoming Feb. 24-25 general elections. (AP Photo/Mauro Scrobogna, Lapresse) ITALY OUT

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