Merkel aware of Germany refugee agency chaos in 2017

"I will approach the new Italian government openly and work with it instead of speculating about its intentions", Merkel told the paper in an interview published on Sunday.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel sat down with Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung to discuss the eurozone, immigration, the rise of populism, and reforms in the European Union.

Macron wants to turn Europe's existing bailout fund into a European Monetary Fund (EMF), to act as a buffer in any future financial crises in the bloc, which was almost torn apart in a debt crisis in 2009. In her most detailed comments on Macron's vision, Merkel supported the idea of turning the euro zone's ESM rescue fund into a European Monetary Fund (EMF) with powers to give members hit by sovereign debt troubles short-term credit lines.

The newspaper Bild am Sonntag reported Sunday that it obtained documents showing Merkel was briefed on the issue at the beginning of 2017 by the former head of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees.

"We need quicker economic convergence between the member states", she said.

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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 chancellor also said she backed an investment budget for the euro zone, which would possibly be in the "low two-digit billions of euros" and gradually introduced to address structural weaknesses of member states.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel advocated the creation of a European rapid reaction force, thus supporting the initiative of French President Emmanuele Makron. But she said the former might have to wait until agreement was reached on common asylum standards, a big hurdle on a continent bitterly divided on the issue. She said the initiative should bring down the number of different European Union weapon systems from 180 to "about 30".

As an alternative to European Union defense forces, Mr. Macron has hinted at closer cooperation between France and the United Kingdom, western Europe's two major military powers, both of which possess nuclear weapons.

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