Merkel hoping for stable Italian government

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12 April 2006, BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel hopes for the swift formation of a stable government in Italy which is capable to taking action, a spokesman said Wednesday.

12 April 2006

BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel hopes for the swift formation of a stable government in Italy which is capable to taking action, a spokesman said Wednesday.

Merkel assumes that Romano Prodi's centre-left bloc will form the next government in Rome, said deputy spokesman Thomas Steg.

"The Chancellor is looking forward to working with the then newly elected prime minister," he said.

Steg confirmed that Merkel is currently spending her Easter holiday on the Italian island of Ischia where she has been a regular vacationer for years.

But asked in jest by reporters if she was needed as a crisis manager to help sort out the Italian election difficulties, Steg laughed and said: "She does not feel like a crisis manager and is not getting involved in the domestic affairs of her present guest country."

German newspapers on Wednesday carried numerous photos of a relaxed-looking Merkel with her husband Joachim Sauer touring Ischia.

DPA

Subject: German news

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