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“anti-Merkel” result from the Italian elections

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
track.

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.

“I am downright appalled that two clowns won,” he told a Social Democratic Party event in Potsdam late on Tuesday, sparking the Italian president to cancel scheduled talks the next day with him.

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
surge.”

full article:  http://www.thelocal.de/politics/20130228-48241.html

 

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