January 12, 2018 / 11:55 AM / 2 years ago

German coalition deal beneficial for Europe: EU's Juncker

FILE PHOTO - European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker holds a news conference after meeting Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (not pictured) in Brussels, Belgium, December 19, 2017. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

SOFIA (Reuters) - European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Friday he welcomed a deal to form a governing coalition in Germany, saying the agreement was a huge benefit for Europe.

“In terms of the substance I’m very happy with what the CDU/CSU and the SPD have agreed,” Juncker said during a news conference in Sofia.

“It is a significant, positive, forward-looking contribution to European policy debate in Europe,” he added.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) agreed after all-night talks on Friday to a blueprint for formal coalition negotiations.

Reporting by Alastair Macdonald in Sofia, writing by Robert-Jan Bartunek in Brussels; editing by Philip Blenkinsop

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