- Title: Merkel says "sad" about Italian referendum result
- Date: 5th December 2016
- Summary: ESSEN, GERMANY (DECEMBER 5, 2016) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** VARIOUS OF GERMAN CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL TOURING HALL AHEAD OF PARTY CONGRESS OF HER CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATS (CDU) IN WESTERN GERMAN CITY OF ESSEN, ACCOMPANIED BY CDU SECRETARY GENERAL PETER TAUBER WIDE OF STAGE MERKEL ASKING REPORTERS "AND WHOSE 360 DEGREE CAMERA IS THAT? AH, IT BELONGS TO THE CDU" AS LAUGHTER IS HEARD SECURITY GUARD IN FRONT OF STAGE (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN CHANCELLOR, ANGELA MERKEL, SAYING: "I am sad that the referendum in Italy did not turn out as the prime minister wished because I always supported his reform policies but it is of course a domestic Italian decision that we must respect. This was about a wide range of issues within Italy. From my point of view we will continue our work in Europe and we have set the right focus. But I have always worked very well with Matteo Renzi." WIDE OF STAGE MERKEL AND ENTOURAGE WALKING OFF
- Embargoed: 20th December 2016 13:39
- Keywords: Italy referendum Merkel CDU Renzi EU cooperation
- Location: ESSEN, GERMANY
- City: ESSEN, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Reuters ID: LVA0015BLYH53
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday (December 5) that she was saddened by Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's defeat in a referendum over constitutional reform.
"I am sad that the referendum in Italy did not turn out as the prime minister wished because I always supported his reform policies but it is of course a domestic Italian decision that we must respect," Merkel told reporters in Essen ahead of a conference of her conservative CDU party.
She added: "From my point of view we will continue our work in Europe and we have set the right focus."
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