A meeting in Japan. Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni met with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in Hiroshima, Japan. The discussion served as preparation for Scholz’s upcoming visit to Rome, scheduled for June 8. Meloni had previously visited Berlin on February 3.
- The two leaders addressed the ITA Airways-Lufthansa dossier. The German company Lufthansa aims to buy a minority stake in the Italian national airline.
The two largest manufacturing countries. The two also discussed growing the industrial cooperation between Italy and Germany, Europe’s two largest manufacturing countries.
- Italy and Germany are working on an Action Plan, which was expected to be signed last autumn, but the government crisis halted the process. Chancellor Scholz’s visit could help to unlock the situation.
- The Action Plan is intended to be a smaller but more specific agreement than the Quirinal Treaty, a bilateral cooperation agreement signed by Italy and France in late 2021.
- The document is aimed at strengthening institutional collaboration between the two countries. However, as demonstrated by the Quirinale Treaty and recent Italian-French tensions, the political climate will inevitably influence the implementation.