Dubbed an “anti-Merkel” result, the German chancellor has refrained from commenting publicly on the Italian elections’ outcome but two top-table officials stressed it was paramount for Rome to keep its reform course on
Merkel was, however, reported to have dismissed interpreting the Italian vote as a kickback against government austerity measures at a meeting of her conservative party on Tuesday, according to participants.
“The government does not adhere at all to such one-dimensional explanations,” her spokesman Steffen Seibert told a regular government news conference the following day.
Most outspoken among German politicians has been Merkel’s gaffe-prone challenger from the opposition centre-left in this year’s general elections, Peer Steinbrück.
He said that while former comedian turned anti-corruption firebrand Beppe Grillo was a “professional clown with nothing against being called that,” former premier Silvio Berlusconi was “a clown with a particular testosterone
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