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EU's Oettinger welcomes prospect of 'pro-European' government in Italy

FILE PHOTO - European Union Budget Commissioner Guenther Oettinger holds a news conference to present the EU executive's final proposal for the bloc's next long-term budget, in Brussels, Belgium, May 2, 2018. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

BERLIN (Reuters) - European Commissioner Guenther Oettinger, a member of Chancellor Merkel’s conservatives in Germany, welcomed on Thursday the prospect of a new, pro-European government taking office in Italy, saying it was a good development.

Brussels was ready to “do everything to make the job of the new Italian government easier when it takes office and so to reward it,” Oettinger told SWR radio.

On Wednesday, Italy’s 5-Star Movement and the opposition Democratic Party said they would try to form a coalition, setting aside years of hostility to avert a snap election and ease economic uncertainty.

Reporting by Tassilo Hummel; Writing by Madeline Chambers