Merkel has Rejected any Possible Financial Support for the Italian bank

Alicia Cross
June 4, 2018

German Chancellor Angela Merkel endorsed French President Emmanuel Macron's idea for a joint European defense force in a long Sunday interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.

On the topic of migration, Ms. Merkel appeared to see no quick implementation of a quota system for asylum-seekers on the continent.

What did Merkel say about Italy?

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Asked about Salvini's comments, she said that "it's best to focus on talking about the issues" with Italy, Europe's fourth-largest economy. "Of the 180 weapon systems that now coexist in Europe, we must move to a situation like the United States, which has only about 30 weapons systems". Merkel's intervention represents a significant change of tone.

"I will approach the new Italian government openly and work with it instead of speculating about its intentions", Merkel told the paper in an interview published on Sunday.

"This is a positive move which shows the commitment to Europe of the chancellor and her government", said the Elysée Palace.

On Italy, Ms. Merkel said while cohesion among members of the single currency bloc was important, "solidarity among euro partners should never lead to a debt [sharing] union, rather it must be about helping others to help themselves".

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