Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
BERLIN

German politician tries to ease dispute over election remark

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Berlin, February 27 - After an unpleasant
diplomatic incident Wednesday, Peer Steinbrueck telephoned
Italy's president to try to clarify matters, a spokesman for the
German politician said.
The call from the Social Democratic candidate for German
chancellor to President Giorgio Napolitano came after Italy
cancelled an appointment over remarks about the Italian vote.
Meanwhile, Napolitano made some sharp remarks of his own in
Munich as part of a State visit to Germany.
"We respect Germany, but we demand respect" in return, said
Napolitano.
The incident came after Steinbrueck said Tuesday that he
was "horrified by the victory of two clowns" in Italy's
elections, referring to centre-right leader Silvio Berlusconi
and anti-establishment comedian Beppe Grillo.
Napolitano on Wednesday slammed Steinbrueck's "two clowns"
statement as "completely misplaced, if not worse," in explaining
why he scrapped their meeting.
A spokesperson for Steinbrueck responded to the rebuff on
Wednesday saying that the politician showed "understanding for
Giorgio Napolitano's decision".
Steinbrueck's rival conservative CDU candidate for the
chancellory Manfred Kolbe told ANSA: "Peer Steinbrueck is a snob
and Napolitano did extremely well to cancel the meeting".

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