Germany and Italy want to strengthen relations

Rome (dpa) -Germany and Italy want to strengthen their cooperation with a joint action plan. This was agreed by Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi during his inaugural visit to Rome. Scholz said they wanted to reach “very precise agreements”. After his election as Chancellor, Scholz had already travelled to France, Poland as well as to the EU in Brussels for inaugural visits.

“We have started a joint journey,” Draghi stressed. However, he said, it was still too early for the details. Only a few weeks ago, France and Italy had signed an extensive friendship treaty. The pact was compared to the Élysée Treaty and the friendship treaty signed in 2019 by former German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and France’s President Emmanuel Macron.

Germany’s and Italy’s heads of government stressed how important the cooperation between their two countries was for the EU. Scholz praised Draghi, who has led a cabinet of experts and politicians since February: “Italy is lucky to have such a competent man at the helm.”

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