After Senate confirmation, new Italian PM to fly to Germany for meeting with Merkel

BERLIN – Italy’s Prime Minister-elect Enrico Letta is making his first trip abroad, heading to Germany for meetings with Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Letta will be received with military honours in Berlin late Tuesday provided he survives a vote of confidence in the Italian Senate earlier in the day as expected.

His visit to Europe’s biggest economy comes as he faces calls at home to roll back some of the tax hikes imposed by his predecessor Mario Monti.

Germany has been pushing its heavily indebted European neighbours to embrace austerity and implement economic reforms.

Italy, France and Spain have countered that cutting government spending too much destroys any chances of creating new jobs.