Italian PM calls for 'strong German government' before visit
BERLIN – Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni says Europe needs “a strong German government” as he heads to Berlin for talks Friday with Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Gentiloni told Munich-based daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung that Europe’s economic upswing mustn’t be endangered by hesitancy among center-left politicians when it comes to taking on government responsibility.
The Social Democrats, Germany’s counterpart to Gentiloni’s Democratic Party, have been wracked by a leadership dispute and internal opposition to a planned coalition with Merkel.
Gentiloni’s comments also come ahead of Italy’s parliamentary elections next month, in which the center-left is expected to lose votes to the right and the upstart 5-Star Movement.