Berlin backs Renzi on Jobs Act - update 2

But can't comment on merits

(ANSA) - Berlin, October 7 - The German government supports Italian Premier Matteo Renzi's controversial Jobs Act aimed at freeing up the labour market, a government source said Tuesday ahead of Wednesday's EU employment and growth summit in Milan. But Berlin "does not express judgements" on the parliamentary dynamics of a fellow EU member State or on the merits of the reform, the source said.
    The Jobs Act scaling back job protection for new hires on long-term contracts and upping provisions for temps goes to a confidence vote Wednesday amid a rift in renzi's Democratic Party.
    Renzi wants to barter reforms for EU permission for greater flexibility in spending to try to lift Italy out of recession.
   

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