Asked about the comments, Merkel told the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper in a wide-ranging interview Sunday that "it's best to focus on talking about the issues" with Italy, Europe's fourth-largest economy. First, she supports the idea of turning the euro zone's ESM bailout mechanism into a European Monetary Fund that could offer short-term loans for countries under economic stress.
Britain has already backed the planned force, which will operate independently of the European Union, despite misgivings that it could be seen as a "European army".
He then learn out the checklist of cupboard members, saying that the leaders of Italy's populist alliance, Luigi Di Maio of the 5 Star Motion and Matteo Salvini of the League, could be at his aspect.
The conservative chancellor was also asked how far she was willing to go in helping French President Emmanuel Macron realise his vision of more solidarity in the euro zone.
Asked about her goals for the European Union in the next five to ten years, Merkel said: "My goal is that the world knows: In foreign policy, Europe speaks with one voice".
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Mattis responded that the question reflected a fundamental disconnect with the way worldwide tribunals have spoken on the matter. US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis speaks to reporters aboard a US military plane on May 29, 2018, as he flies to Hawaii.
Merkel told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung ahead of a crunch European Union summit this month that Germany as the eurozone's top economy would support an investment budget whose total would be "at the lower end of the double-digit billions of euros range".
Merkel also said that a future EMF would be organized on an intergovernmental basis and national parliaments of member countries would have oversight. Lawmakers from Merkel's conservative bloc have been cold to Macron's proposal, saying they are wary that his call for more solidarity could see German taxpayers' money used to fund profligate member states.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is coming under pressure to address allegations that she knew as early as past year about mismanagement in the government office for refugees that came to light recently.
For example, he is calling for the creation a eurozone budget and a eurozone finance minister.
Merkel said she was willing to discuss with the new Italian government ways to boost employment rates among young people in Italy.