October 17, 2018 / 8:14 PM / a month ago

Build trust with EU partners on budget, Merkel tells Italy's Conte

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives at an European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium October 17, 2018. Aris Oikonomou/Pool via REUTERS

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Italy and the European Union should avoid acting unilaterally in talks about Rome’s budget and build trust, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel told Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in a meeting on Wednesday, according to an Italian official.

“Merkel lent support to Conte to begin a positive dialogue with European partners on the budget,” the source said.

“Merkel told Conte that at this stage it would be better to foster mutual trust, which is a key condition to favor dialogue,” the official added.

Reporting by Francesco Guarascio

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