Merkel aide hopes for pro-Europe Italy gov

ROME (AP) — A top aide for German Chancellor Angela Merkel says that despite Italy’s election showing no faction winning a clear majority, she hopes “Italy will manage to build a stable government and especially a government in the spirit of Europe.”

The general-secretary of Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, said Monday in Berlin, “the view across the Alps to Italy today is not an easy one, because it’s not foreseeable after this difficult result … how long it will take to get a government, whether there will be one at all, and who will lead such a government.”

Kramp-Karrenbauer says Italy’s election result also raises more general questions about what’s needed to keep together society, what unites it and how to secure wealth — not just in Italy, but also in Germany.