Hope govt carries on, Merkel tells Letta
Italy stability important, 'affectionate' Chancellor says30 September, 18:09
Merkel said Italy's political stability was important for Europe, sources close to Letta said.
The phone call was "affectionate", they said.
Letta is set to call a Senate confidence vote on a renewed government programme Wednesday to see if Berlusconi will change his mind on pulling out because of his upcoming ouster from the Upper House after a tax-fraud conviction.