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US News Di Maio in Berlin: Italy hopes for German tourists

03:15  06 june  2020
03:15  06 june  2020 Source:   de.euronews.com

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Luigi Di Maio , Foreign Minister of Italy attends a news conference with his German counterpart Heiko Maas at the Foreign Office in Berlin , Germany It’s also good news for European countries whose economies have been ravaged by the spread of COVID-19 and are hoping for a much-needed boost

Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio urged European countries to open their borders too. “We hoped to see some movement from today, but have no foreign tourists booked in for this Foreign Minister Di Maio had warned neighbours not to treat Italy “like a leper” and will Saturday visit Germany , Slovenia

  Di Maio in Berlin: Italien hofft auf deutsche Touristen © provided by Euronews

Italy has opened its borders again and hopes for tourists from abroad after the difficult time of the Corona crisis. Italian Foreign Minister Luigi di Maio from the once very European-critical "five-star movement" met his counterpart in Berlin.

Heiko Maas was a little self-critical because Germany's help for Italy was decided late. Only when the first severe Covid-19 patients from France were treated in Germany were patients from the overloaded clinics in Lombardy brought to German hospitals.

But now we are looking ahead. Heiko Maas explained that after June 15th, when Germany opens its borders to neighboring countries, tourist trips to Italy will be possible again. Italy is the second most popular travel destination for Germans, noted the German Foreign Office chief.

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The Italian government is hoping to lure tourists back in time for the summer to get its economy moving again. The reopening comes after Italy ’s foreign minister Luigi Di Maio warned other countries not to treat Italy “like a leper” in a Facebook post.

Berlin (AFP) - 06/03/2020 - 20:24. German Regina Oswald, 53, was one of the very few foreign tourists to be spotted in Venice's Saint Mark's Square. Foreign Minister Di Maio had warned neighbours not to treat Italy "like a leper" and will Saturday visit Germany , Slovenia and Greece to try

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On Twitter Luigi di Maio underlined that his first trip abroad since the lockdown takes him to Germany.

Di Maio thanked Germany for the financial aid within the EU: "We have to improve our European Union and our community, Europe has to become stronger, more ambitious and more competitive. As I said to my colleague Maas, we particularly welcome the Franco-German plan for that We want a Europe that is sustainable in every important area, but at the same time able to put aside individual trends to learn from the Corona crisis. "

Germany initially blocked vehemently against so-called corona bonds. After consulting with France's head of state Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel showed a kind of letting go. Representatives of the German economy also repeatedly point out that the export nation Germany is dependent on the demand and goodwill of the other EU countries.

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