Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018
MUNICH

Napolitano calls off meeting with Germany's Steinbrueck

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© ANSA

Munich, February 27 - Italian President Giorgio
Napolitano called off a meeting with German centre-left SPD
chancellor candidate Peer Steinbrueck in Berlin Wednesday
because of the Social Democrat's statement Tuesday 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," explaining
why he scrapped the meeting.
A spokesperson for Steinbrueck responded to the rebuff on
Wednesday saying that the politician showed "understanding for
Giorgio Napolitano's decision".
Steinbreuck'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".
Kolbe, who is is also vice president of the German
parliament's Germany-Italy Friends Group, added that
Steinbrueck's words showed "arrogance typical of Steinbrueck and
a number of German politicians regarding Italy. And one of the
victims of this attitude is Silvio Berlusconi".
Napolitano kicked off his three-day State visit by meeting
German intellectuals and opinion leaders in Munich, voicing his
concern for "growing populism" and anti-EU sentiment in Europe.

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