THE most difficult moment in Italian prime minister Mario Monti's 14-month tenure in office was having to cut short a visit to the US to attend the funeral of a girl who died in an explosion back in Italy.
Mr Monti, who will be prime minister until elections in his country next moth, left Camp David outside Washington to attend the funeral following a suspected Mafia attack.
The comments were made during a lengthy speech which saw Mr Monti praise Italy's reforms.
The Italian leader said last June, when leaders in Nordic countries finally accepted that soome countries were not in a position to clear up their mistakes, was a turning point. It had been a difficult "intellectual battle", he added before praising European Central Bank president Mario Draghi for his role in changing the way Europe dealt with the euro crisis.