Statement by Martin SCHULZ, EP President on the outcome of the Italian elections:

Type: News   Reference: 91676   Duration: 00:02:48  Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - European Parliament
End production: 26/02/2013   First transmission: 26/02/2013
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00:00:05 Exterior shot of the European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium (1 shot) 00:00:05
00:00:10 SOUNDBITE (English): Martin SCHULZ, EP President on the outcome of the Italian elections: The election in Italy has for sure very difficult results for the country also for the European Union as whole. We need a stable government in one of the most important Member states of the European Union. Italy is a G8 country, it is the 4th economy within the European Union, one of the pillars of the Euro zone, so what happens in Italy affects all of us. 00:00:30
00:00:40 SOUNDBITE (English): Martin SCHULZ, EP President on the outcome of the Italian elections: People have expressed and this is absolutely clear their dissatisfaction with the situation within the country, I take the result very serious first of all, the difficult situation with the majority in the House of Representatives on one side, for one political tendency and the unpredictable situation in the Senate on the other hand could lead to a very difficult kind of forming a government. I hope personally and I think that the overwhelming majority of members of the European Parliament hope that there will be a government in Italy. 00:00:46
00:01:26 SOUNDBITE (English): Martin SCHULZ, EP President on the outcome of the Italian elections: The attempt that all political and democratic forces in the country should try to find a way of dialogue to check where are various cooperation possible, where are agreements possible, also to check where are disagreements, this is what is necessary now in the next coming days and weeks. I hope that Italy will find a way to stability in both of the Chambers of the Italian Parliament, we need, I repeat it a stable situation in the country and this is also an appeal to all the political forces. 00:00:43
00:02:09 SOUNDBITE (English): Martin SCHULZ, EP President on the outcome of the Italian elections: I take it very serious that a lot of Italian people expressed a kind of protest against those measures that are taken in Italy publicly in debate as measure of European Union. 00:00:14
00:02:23 SOUNDBITE (English): Martin SCHULZ, EP President on the outcome of the Italian elections: We should here in Brussels take it very, very serious that the 'blame game' that the effectiveness and that the successes are always the successes of National governments and the failure is always is always Brussels, which is not true, but the public perception is as such and here we must it discuss it how to overcome this difficult public debate, not only in Italy but also in other Member states of the European Union as well. 00:00:25
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