Merkel needs MPs' mandate for euro decisions-aide
BERLIN Oct 21 (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman said on Friday the upcoming euro zone crisis summit had to be split in two because Merkel needed a mandate from a powerful parliamentary committee to okay key decisions, and this had not been possible so far.
Spokesman Steffen Seibert said there had to be two summits -- on Sunday and on Wednesday -- because there had not been time for the lower house's budget committee to study proposals in detail -- and in German -- in time for Sunday's meeting.
"Decisions could not be made on Sunday because without a discussion and approval by the budget committee, the chancellor would have had to travel to Brussels without a mandate on these issues," said Seibert.
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