Romano Prodi, ex-president of the European Commission, is optimistic on opportunities for growth in Europe despite the current economic crisis.
In an interview, he warned that difficult decisions must be made, and a political solution found.
Austerity is necessary, he said, but there needs to be exceptions in areas such as public investment and research. He called for measures to stimulate growth.
“If you continue to work only on the debt, we can succeed to cut it but we will have worsened the life of our citizens,” he said.