URGENT ¥¥¥ EU's Barroso fully confident in Italy

European Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso said Wednesday he had full confidence that Italy will prove to be politically stable, in its own interests and those of Europe, after inconclusive polls.

"Barroso expressed his full confidence that Italy, as one of Europe's and the world's biggest economies, will ensure the conditions of political stability in the interest of Italy and Europe as a whole," a statement said after he met outgoing Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti in Brussels.