February 8, 2018 / 12:11 PM / a year ago

EU's Tusk welcomes new German ruling coalition

European Council President Donald Tusk delivers a speech during a debate on the last December European summit and Brexit at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, January 16, 2018. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union leaders’ chairman, Donald Tusk, welcomed on Thursday the formation of a new ruling coalition under German Chancellor Angela Merkel saying it was “good news”.

“Now it is high time to build an inclusive pan-European Grand Coalition for an ambitious budget, wise agreement on migration and a better Eurozone,” Tusk said on Twitter, making a link between German coalition talks and broader EU policies.

“Perhaps we can also do it within five months,” he added jokingly after Germany took that time to form a new government after national elections.

Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska; editing by Philip Blenkinsop

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