(Berlin breakthrough) Juncker 'quite satisfied'

World | 12 Jan 2018 9:18 pm

The European Commission president has warmly welcomed the coalition agreement in Germany and indicated that after months of delay it would offer the bloc the spur to move faster in building cooperation. 

Jean-Claude Juncker told reporters in Sofia, Bulgaria, that the European part of the deal was "a significant, positive, constructive future-looking contribution to the European policy.'' 

"I am quite satisfied,'' he said. 

If the finishing touches come together on the grand coalition of Christian Democrats and Socialists, it will finally allow Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron to cooperate without the immediate impediment of domestic politics.-AP

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