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Merkel congratulates Berlusconi on election

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Merkel congratulates Berlusconi on election
A file photo of Merkel and Berlusconi. Photo: DPA
07:50 CEST+02:00
German Chancellor Angela Merkel congratulated conservative leader Silvio Berlusconi on a “convincing” win in Italy's legislative elections, a government spokesman said Tuesday.

Merkel “warmly” congratulated Berlusconi for his win in a telephone call to Italy's prime minister-elect and invited him to visit Germany, said Ulrich Wilhelm.

The chancellor looked forward to continuing her political collaboration with Berlusconi, with whom she had already worked well in the past, Wilhelm added.

Merkel, leader of Germany's conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU), told Berlusconi that Italy was an important political partner for Germany, especially on the European scene.

Berlusconi's centre-right alliance, the People of Freedom party, secured an unexpectedly comfortable majority in both houses of parliament in the Sunday-Monday elections.

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