- Title: German and Italian leaders offer condolences for earthquake hit Italian region
- Date: 18th January 2017
- Summary: VARIOUS OF ANTHEM BEING PLAYED HONOUR GUARD STANDING TO ATTENTION ITALIAN FLAG VARIOUS OF ANTHEM BEING PLAYED VARIOUS OF MERKEL AND GENTILONI WALKING PAST HONOUR GUARD
- Embargoed: 1st February 2017 14:25
- Keywords: Italy Gentiloni Merkel earthquake migrants
- Location: BERLIN, GERMANY
- City: BERLIN, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Topics: European Union,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0025ZLZLFR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said on Wednesday (January 18) that Britain had finally made clear how it planned to pursue its exit from the European Union and he was sure a deal could be reached between the two sides. But he urged members of the European Union to show more unity.
A speech delivered by British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday "gave meaning to what had been just a headline: 'Brexit is Brexit'", Gentiloni said at a news conference in Berlin with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
"In these turbulent times we must not show that we are not in control. We are at the helm. We are taking care of the European Union. It must not become a something like a system of alternating currents where it reacts to fiscal numbers and the budget but does not do anything about immigration," Gentiloni said.
Merkel and Gentiloni also expressed their solidarity with Italy after a series of strong earthquakes hit the country again on Thursday, unnerving residents shaken by last year's deadly tremors and forcing the closure of hundreds of schools as well as rail links and even Rome's underground railway.
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