German Chancellor Olaf Scholz plans to travel to Rome on Thursday to meet Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni.
It is the chancellor’s first visit to the Italian capital since the leader of the radical far-right Brothers of Italy party took over the government in October.
Meloni paid her inaugural visit to Berlin in February.At that time, Scholz had declared that he also wanted to cooperate closely with the new government in Rome.
He said the action plan on deepening relations already agreed with the previous government would be completed unchanged.
Meloni, who had sharply attacked Germany as an opposition politician, also struck a conciliatory note.
The talks on Thursday were likely to focus on the Russian war against Ukraine but also on EU issues such as European asylum policy
Parallel to Scholz’s trip, the interior ministers of the European Union are trying in Luxembourg to initiate a major reform of the European asylum system.
This involved a much more rigid approach to migrants without prospects of staying and an obligation to support the particularly burdened member states at the EU’s external borders, which included Italy. (dpa/NAN)