- Title: Merkel to discuss Brexit with visiting European Parliament head
- Date: 8th October 2019
- Summary: BERLIN, GERMANY (OCTOBER 8, 2019) (REUTERS) GERMAN CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL AND EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT PRESIDENT DAVID SASSOLI ARRIVING FOR NEWS CONFERENCE VARIOUS OF MERKEL SPEAKING (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN CHANCELLOR, ANGELA MERKEL, SAYING: "We have big tasks ahead of us, including Britain's exit from the European Union of course - that will be a subject of our discussion today, especially as the president is travelling on to London to see the British prime minister." SASSOLI LISTENING NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN CHANCELLOR, ANGELA MERKEL, SAYING: "What's also very important in order to keep the European Union operational is the financial outlook, the financial planning for coming years. Naturally, that's always a very complicated issue between the European Council and the European Parliament but I am saying here for the German government that we want to be part of the solution and not create problems." OFFICIALS LISTENING SASSOLI AND MERKEL SHAKING HANDS
- Embargoed: 22nd October 2019 10:28
- Keywords: German chancellor Angela Merkel EU president parliament David Sassoli Brexit Britain deadline no deal
- Location: BERLIN, GERMANY
- City: BERLIN, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Topics: European Union,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001B08JIH3
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday she would discuss Britain's expected departure from the European Union with visiting European Parliament head David Sassoli.
"We have big tasks ahead of us, including Britain's exit from the European Union of course - that will be a subject of our discussion today, especially as the president is travelling on to London to see the British prime minister," Merkel said.
The European Parliament elected Italian socialist lawmaker David Sassoli in early July as its speaker for the next 2-1/2 years when it completed the round of appointments for the bloc's top jobs after EU elections in May.
Sassoli, a 63-year-old former journalist from Florence, has been a lawmaker in the EU parliament for a decade. He replaced another Italian politician, conservative Antonio Tajani, who had been speaker since 2017.
In her brief remarks, Merkel also said her government would be "part of the solution and not create problems" when it comes to the EU's financial planning for coming years, something she called "very important" to keep the bloc operational.
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