“I do not tell other countries what they should or should not do. Every country has its traditions that we must respect. In Europe, we have adopted common objectives, but each government decides itself how to reach them, “said the head of the Belgian government in an interview with German weekly on the eve of his meeting with Merkel in Berlin.
Asked about the indexation of wages and allowances in Belgium and practiced regularly denounced by Berlin, M. Di Rupo replied that it was a “social tradition” of the country.
According to him, “Europe should not be based on the German model or the model of another EU member,” but “developing a European model defended by twenty-seven.”
Monday, January 23, Mr. Di Rupo went to Germany for a working lunch with Mrs Merkel spent preparing the next EU summit in Brussels scheduled for January 30.
“I will listen to what the Chancellor has to say and I am sure she will listen to what I have to say,” said Belgian Prime Minister.
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