EU: Conte responds to Merkel stating that it is he who handles Italy’s accounts

“I take care of our accounts,” said Giuseppe Conte in response to statements by Angela Merkel, in an interview with several European newspapers published today, arguing that European countries should use all the instruments approved by the European Union to deal with the economic crisis and caused by the pandemic, including loans from the European Stability Mechanism (ESM).

“Nothing has changed in Angela Merkel’s point of view, but it’s me, with [o ministro da Economia, Roberto] Gualtieri and the state accountants, who are responsible for handling the accounts “of Italy,” said Conte.

“We are preparing a relaunch plan for Italy that we will present in September,” added the Italian Prime Minister, who was speaking at a press conference on the start of the school year in Italy.

Conte reacted to Merkel’s statements in an interview published today by six European newspapers, the Italian La Stampa, the German Süddeutsche Zeitung, the British The Guardian, the French Le Monde, the Spanish La Vanguardia, and the Polish Polityka.

Asked whether Italy should use the ESM, whereby eurozone countries can claim up to 2% of their GDP for health care costs directly or indirectly on low-interest loans, Merkel said that “the decision is from Italy “but added that the EU created mechanisms such as ESM, the EIB line and the SURE program, which” anyone can use “.

“We have not made them available to remain unused,” said the chancellor.

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Merkel invited the EU to think about a world without US leadership

In an interview published in several European media at once, German Chancellor Angela Merkel admitted the possibility of a new geopolitical reality in which the United States would not have a leading role.

“We grew up with a certain knowledge that the United States wants to be a world power. If the United States would now want to stop playing this role of its own free will, we would need to seriously think about it, ”said Ms. Merkel (quoted by The Guardian).

At the same time, the Chancellor noted the importance of maintaining military cooperation with the United States. “Look at the world, at China or India. There is good reason to remain committed to the transatlantic defense community and our common nuclear umbrella. But, of course, Europe must bear a greater burden (of costs. – “B”) than during the Cold War, ”she added.

Angela Merkel also commented on a recent statement by US President Donald Trump about the reduction of the US military contingent in Germany. “American troops in Germany help protect not only Germany and the European part of NATO, but also US interests. We in Germany know that we must spend more on defense, we have achieved a significant increase (costs. – “B”) in recent years and we will continue this path to build up our military potential, ”she said.

Donald Trump announced his decision to withdraw 9.5 thousand American soldiers from Germany a week ago. He said that he did not understand why the United States should spend money on protecting the FRG from Russia, while the Germans were buying Russian gas. In Berlin, the White House statement was criticized.

About the growing tension between the United States and Germany, in Kommersant’s article “A Friend Is Red by Payment”.

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Merkel invited the EU to think about a world without US leadership

In an interview published in several European media at once, German Chancellor Angela Merkel admitted the possibility of a new geopolitical reality in which the United States would not have a leading role.

“We grew up with a certain knowledge that the United States wants to be a world power. If the United States would now want to stop playing this role of its own free will, we would need to seriously think about it, ”said Ms. Merkel (quoted by The Guardian).

At the same time, the Chancellor noted the importance of maintaining military cooperation with the United States. “Look at the world, at China or India. There is good reason to remain committed to the transatlantic defense community and our common nuclear umbrella. But, of course, Europe must bear a greater burden (of costs. – “B”) than during the Cold War, ”she added.

Angela Merkel also commented on a recent statement by US President Donald Trump about the reduction of the US military contingent in Germany. “American troops in Germany help protect not only Germany and the European part of NATO, but also US interests. We in Germany know that we must spend more on defense, we have achieved a significant increase (costs. – “B”) in recent years and we will continue this path to build up our military potential, ”she said.

Donald Trump announced his decision to withdraw 9.5 thousand American soldiers from Germany a week ago. He said that he did not understand why the United States should spend money on protecting the FRG from Russia, while the Germans were buying Russian gas. In Berlin, the White House statement was criticized.

About the growing tension between the United States and Germany, in Kommersant’s article “A Friend Is Red by Payment”.

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