Germany's Merkel watching Letta,Renzi with 'great attention'
Chancellor calls for 'quick' solution to replacement of premier14 February, 13:08
Merkel also hopes for a "quick" solution to the political situation, said spokesman Steffen Seibert.
He spoke as Letta was expected to tender his resignation to President Giorgio Napolitano Friday afternoon after the premier's Democratic Party (PD) backed leader Matteo Renzi's call for a new government on Thursday, government sources said. Florence Mayor Renzi, 39, is a hot tip to receive a mandate from Napolitano to form a government, becoming Italy's youngest-ever premier.