"Undoubtedly, if the hostile actions of certain European countries continue, oil exports to these countries will be stopped."
- AHMAD QALEBANIIran's deputy oil minister, on extending its oil exports ban to Spain, Greece, Germany, Italy and Portugal. Iran has already refused to supply oil to Britain and France in retaliation to the E.U.'s sanctions against its nuclear program
"If you want, call these the 'Save Italy' measures."
- MARIO MONTIItaly's Prime Minister, as he unveiled a radical and ambitious package of spending cuts and tax increases on Sunday.
"In Italy everyone thinks they're the coach of the national soccer team. Now, we have a nation of 60 million art critics."
- UMBERTO BROCCOLIhead of Rome's Cultural Heritage Department, on a bronze sculpture of Pope John Paul II that was unveiled at the city's Termini train station last week and has provoked outrage to the point that a city commission has been named to rule on its fate
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