Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018

German finance minister denies 'interfering' in Italy vote


Berlin, February 15 - German Finance Minister
Wolfgang Schaeuble on Friday denied trying to interfere in the
outcome of upcoming elections in Italy following earlier
statements apparently advising Italians not to vote for
ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi.
"The minister had spoken of the political and economic
developments in Italy in recent months, considering them
positive," a ministry spokesman said.
Schaeuble had also stressed the positive impact of this
situation on the markets, he said.
On Thursday the German finance minister drew the ire of top
brass of Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party after
telling the weekly Espresso magazine that Italians should not
"repeat their former mistake by continuing to vote for
(Berlusconi)" in February 24 and 25 polls on grounds that a
return to power by the media magnate would considerably weaken
Italy and the whole of Europe.
He also said the country needed to remain on the path of
stability charted by technocrat Premier Mario Monti, who was
brought in to replace Berlusconi in November 2011 at the height
of the sovereign-debt crisis in the eurozone.
"The German minister Wolfgang Schaeuble's declarations show
that Germany now openly claims the right to intervene in the
choice of the next Italian government, as though Italy were a
country with limited sovereignty or an area under German
influence," said PdL national coordinator Sandro Bondi.
Berlusconi is leading the centre-right election campaign
against the centre left led by Pier Luigi Bersani of the
Democratic Party (PD), the frontrunner before a pre-election
blackout of opinion surveys kicked in last week.
The two main coalitions are followed by the populist and
anti-establishment Five Star Movement of Genoa comedian Beppe
Grillo and a coalition of centrist parties on a reform platform
led by Monti.

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