German President sees no risk of Italy 'contagion'
Glauck meets with Italian counterpart, says EU not at its end28 February, 15:06
In a joint press conference with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, visiting Germany since Tuesday, Glauck said that "Germans can't say we fear the risk of a contagion in Europe".
"We don't at all think that Europe is at the end of its days. Of course there is a debate and we have to understand and see what Italy will express".
Earlier this week, the head of Germany's Social Democratic Party (SPD), Peer Steinbrueck, caused a diplomatic kerfuffle when he said that "two clowns" - Silvio Berlusconi and Beppe Grillo - won Italy's legislative elections.
Following the remarks, Napolitano cancelled a scheduled meeting with Steinbrueck, who is the SPD's candidate for chancellor in this year's German federal elections.
Napolitano slammed Steinbruek's comments as "completely misplaced, if not worse".