Merkel congratulates Italy's new PM

Merkel congratulates Italy's new PM

Merkel congratulates Italy's new PM

The force is a key element of Emmanuel Macron's proposals to reform European defence and integrate the continent's many militaries more closely together. League leader Matteo Salvini, Italy's new interior minister, has said that Italians "aren't the slaves" of European Union powerhouses Germany and France. "Italy is destroying itself - and dragging down Europe with it", the headline read.

She said she was "absolutely open to talking to the new Italian government about ways to help young people find work" given high levels of youth unemployment.

"Solidarity between partners in Europe must never lead to a debt union", she said, pouring cold water on hopes for any debt relief for Italy.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel exchanged views with European Central Bank President Mario Draghi on Monday, her spokesman said, as part of her regular informal meetings with leaders of European institutions.

"However, such an intervention force with a common military-strategic culture must fit into the structure of defense cooperation", she added.

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Merkel said in Sunday's interview that she supports creating a European Monetary Fund - similar to the International Monetary Fund - that could help stabilize the eurozone by offering long- or short-term loans to member nations.

The chancellor called for the establishment of a European refugee agency that would handle requests for asylum, based on unified asylum law, on Europe's borders.

"I am in favor of President Macron's proposal for an intervention initiative", the German chancellor told Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier spoke Sunday in a ceremony marking the persecution of gays by the Hitler regime.

Steinmeier says he wants to reassure "all gays, lesbians and bisexuals, all queers, trans- and intersexuals" that they are protected in today's Germany.

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