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Italian debt: President frustrated at worsening crisis

19 October 2011 Last updated at 22:03 BST

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano has expressed his frustration at his government's failure to cope with the country's worsening debt crisis.

Despite pressure from Italian business and the European Central Bank, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has repeatedly delayed announcing measures to stimulate economic growth.

Speaking ahead of an EU summit, Mr Napolitano said the government had a responsibility to end the delays and take decisive action.

David Willey reports from Rome.