Mercoledì, 19 Settembre 2018

Merkel defends German parliament after Monti comments


(see related story on Monti)
(ANSA) - Berlin, August 6 - Chancellor Angela Merkel moved
to defend the Bundestag on Monday after Italian Premier Mario
Monti said leaders should not let themselves be tied down by
their legislatures in EU negotiations.
"The chancellor's opinion is that we in Germany have always
done well with the right balance bewteen parliamentary support
and the participation of parliament," Georg Streiter, one of
Merkel's spokespersons, was quoted as saying by the DPA agency.
In an interview published on Sunday by German weekly Der
Spiegel, Monti said that "if governments let themselves be bound
completely by the decisions of their parliaments without
maintaining their own scope for negotiation, Europe is more
likely to break up than it is to see closer integration".
The comments were criticised by all sides of the political
spectrum in Germany.
"Parliamentary checks on European policy are beyond any
debate," said Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, the chairman
of the Free Democratic Party which is allied in government with
Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU).
"We need to strengthen, not weaken, democratic
legitimization in Europe".
Joachim Poss of the opposition Social Democratic Party
(SDP) echoed those sentiments.
"Acceptance of the euro and saving it is reinforced by
national parliaments, not weakened by it," Poss said.

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