Merkel, Prodi begin talks in Germany
20 November 2007, Meseberg - German Chancellor Angela Merkel met Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi on Tuesday at the start of consultations between their two governments.
20 November 2007
Meseberg - German Chancellor Angela Merkel met Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi on Tuesday at the start of consultations between their two governments.
The two leaders were joined by their foreign ministers for the talks at Schloss Meseberg, the German government guest house some 70 kilometres from Berlin.
Transport and economics ministers from the two countries were holding their own bilateral meetings on a range of issues.
Prodi said in an interview with Germany's Sueddeutsche Zeitung daily Tuesday that there were no problems in relations between his country and Germany.
He said the talks with Merkel would concentrate on closer cooperation in the fields of transportation and energy.
The meeting was taking place under the shadow of international crises that both countries are closely involved in: Iran's nuclear programme and the future status of Kosovo.
The baroque palace at Meseberg came into its present role only in January this year, but since then Merkel has made use of it as a secluded venue for meetings with foreign leaders.
The last round of government consultations between Germany and Italy was hosted in Rome by Prodi's predecessor Silvio Berlusconi in 2004.
Subject: German news