Italy brings forward budget plans as crisis mounts


"We consider it appropriate to introduce an acceleration of the measures which we introduced recently in the fiscal planning law to give us the possibility of reaching our objective of balancing the budget early, by 2013 instead of 2014," he said.

Italy's government bonds and shares have been sold heavily in recent weeks as the country has become embroiled in the euro zone debt crisis after doubts about its ability to control a public debt burden which is among the highest in the world.

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(Reporting by Gavin Jones and James Mackenzie)