Monti responds to German backlash to parliament remarks

'Parliaments should be strengthened'

Monti responds to German backlash to parliament remarks

(see related) (ANSA) - Rome, August 6 - Italian Premier Mario Monti on Monday said he does not wish to put any limitations on a country's parliament following strong backlash from Germany to his interview with German weekly Der Spiegel. "I did not intend to wish for any limitation to the parliamentary control of governments which, on the contrary, I feel should be fortified. I just wanted to underline the need to take steps toward European integration," which "may necessitate some flexibility". In an interview published on Sunday, Monti said that "if governments let themselves be bound completely by the decisions of their parliaments without maintaining their own scope for negotiation, Europe is more likely to break up than it is to see closer integration". Criticism came from all spectrums of German politics, including the Bundestag and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. "I maintain that every government has the right to explain itself and interact in a dynamic, transparent and effective manner with the parliament," he added.

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