Merkel will hold meetings with premiers of Italy and Spain

German Chancellor Angela Merkel next week ahead of the summit of heads of state and government of the EU will hold bilateral meetings with Prime Ministers of Italy and Spain, said the Deputy official representative of the government of Germany Martin Fitz.

According to her, Merkel and Conte will give a press conference about 17.30 (18.30 GMT). On Tuesday Merkel will meet with the Prime Minister of Spain, Pedro Sanchez.

"On Tuesday, Merkel in Berlin will receive Prime Minister of Spain Pedro Sanchez for dinner. I will be talking about the priorities of the German presidency, in the heart of the discussions will be the fight against economic and social consequences of the pandemic coronavirus, as well as on the preparation of the European Council, in addition, the parties will exchange opinions on bilateral issues," said Fitz, adding that the heads of governments of the two countries will also hold a press conference at about 18.30 (19.30 GMT).

On Thursday, Merkel will travel to Brussels to participate in summit of heads of state and government of the EU (European Council). In the center of the first since February face-to-face summit will be long-term financial framework of the EU (budget) and the programme for the economic recovery of Europe. Merkel urges EU to forge a compromise on this topic in the summer to ratify the agreement in the autumn and bring them into force from 1 January 2021.