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Political instability in Germany ‘concern’ for Portugal as EU member

by TPN/ Lusa, in News · 23-11-2017 15:00:00 · 0 Comments

The current lack of political stability in Germany should concern Portugal, its cabinet minister and minister for administrative modernisation, Maria Manuel Leitão Marques, said on Tuesday.

Speaking in Paris, during a break from an international conference at the headquarters of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Marques said:
“Having a rather unstable situation in Germany is of course a question that should concern us as Europeans and as a member state of this community,” she said, adding that Germany was “central to the whole European Union”.
The EU currently “faces very important challenges,” she went on, arguing that delays in approving directives and regulations undermine innovation.
On Monday, the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, said that she would prefer a fresh general election to setting up a minority government, if it is not possible to form a coalition.
Her conservative CDU party, which won the 24 September general election, but without a majority in parliament, saw its former partner, the Social Democratic Party (SPD), refuse to enter into another coalition.
The CDU started talks with the liberal Free Democrats and the Greens, but on Sunday the former announced that they were walking out.

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Edition 1453
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