ROME Dec 9 Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena's
top management met Italy's economy minister and
representatives from investment banks JPMorgan and Mediobanca in
Rome on Friday, a Treasury source said.
The struggling bank asked the European Central Bank for an
extension to a capital-raising plan, but a source told Reuters
on Friday that the central bank rejected the request.
That increases pressure on the government to intervene to
save Monte Paschi, Italy's third-biggest bank, from being wound
down. JPMorgan and Mediobanca must decide whether to back the
(Reporting by Giuseppe Fonte, writing by Isla Binnie, editing
by Steve Scherer)