Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018
ROME

'More unity needed to combat crisis' say Monti, Merkel

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(ANSA) - Rome, September 14 - Italian Premier Mario Monti
and German Chancellor Angela Merkel together agreed the last
week had been "very positive for Europe", adding that more
cooperation is needed among EU member nations to overcome the
current financial crisis, according to a statement released by
the Italian government after a phone meeting between the two
leaders on Friday.
"The last week has been very positive for Europe," the
statement said. "A positive evolution that has emerged is the
public becoming aware that the solution to the current financial
crisis has to come from a more intense cooperation among
European nations".
Merkel's press officer Steffen Seibert added separately
that the two leaders had agreed during the phone conversation to
stay in tight contact ahead of the upcoming European Council
meeting in October when the European economic and monetary union
is to be discussed.
On Wednesday Germany's constitutional court approved the
country's participation in the European Stability Mechanism fund
(ESM), the fund that has been hailed as a permanent bailout
mechanism for eurozone members suffering under the weight of
their public debt and soaring bond yields.
One of the provisions the ESM will be able to enact is that
of buying member-state bonds to curb spiking bond yields at
times of great market turbulence.
The ruling was widely seen as a victory for Merkel, though
many issues such as Greece's future within the eurozone and
Spain and Italy's public finances still remain unresolved for
the area.
The ESM will be operational by October this year, Eurogroup
chairman Jean-Claude Juncker said at a press conference after a
summit of the group on Friday. By that time, the first 32
billion euros will have been transferred into the fund's
capital.
Both leaders were "jointly preoccupied with the current
Middle Eastern situation, following the recent outbreaks of
violence".

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