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Referendum in Italy

Cooperating as friends

The German government has taken note of the results of the referendum on constitutional reform in Italy, and regrets the announcement of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi that he intends to resign, said federal government spokesperson Steffen Seibert in Berlin.

Chancellor Angela Merkel and Matteo Renzi, Italy's Prime Minister at a joint press conferece in his official residence Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italy's Prime Minister have cooperated closely and forged mutual trust Photo: Bundesregierung/Güngör

Chancellor Angela Merkel has worked very successfully, on the basis of mutual trust, with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, and has noted with regret his decision to resign. "But the democratic decision of voters in Italy must of course be respected, as must the decision of the Prime Minister, to resign in the wake of the referendum," he stressed.

Whoever takes over at the helm of Italy’s government, the German government will "extend the offer to cooperate as friends and partners to the new government".

The referendum focused on important constitutional matters and questions of the internal structure of Italian governance. "Over the last few years, the Chancellor has repeatedly expressed her support for the course set by Matteo Renzi to bring reform to Italy," said Steffen Seibert.

Continued good cooperation in Europe

With a view to Europe, Steffen Seibert stressed that the focus remains on the tasks the EU member states have set themselves and on the so-called Bratislava process. "In future too the German government and the Chancellor will dedicate all their efforts to ensuring that cooperation in Europe is concentrated on the essential policy areas and that it is citizen-responsive, delivering tangible results for the people of Europe."

The majority of voters rejected the proposed constitutional reform in Italy’s referendum, after which Prime Minister Matteo Renzi announced his intention to resign.

Dec 05, 2016