December 5, 2016 / 1:32 PM / 3 years ago

Merkel says 'sad' about Italian referendum result

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday that she was saddened by Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s defeat in a referendum over constitutional reform.

“I am sad that the referendum in Italy did not turn out as the prime minister wished because I always supported his reform policies but it is of course a domestic Italian decision that we must respect,” Merkel told reporters.

Reporting by Michelle Martin and Joseph Nasr

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