Germany's Scholz lauds Draghi-led government as "very good sign"

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FILE PHOTO: Prime Minister designate Draghi and his new government are sworn-in, in Rome

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz on Monday lauded Italy's new Prime Minister Mario Draghi as a "true European" with expertise in fiscal policy, adding he was confident Rome would quickly present a reform package to unleash European recovery funds.

"In Italy, again, a pro-European government has been formed. That's a very, very good sign," Scholz told reporters ahead of a virtual meeting of euro zone finance ministers.

"Mario Draghi stands for a very smart policy, he is very experienced in fiscal policy. He is well connected internationally and he is a true European," Scholz added.

Draghi, a former head of the European Central Bank, was sworn in as prime minister on Saturday to lead a unity government that has to steer Italy out of the coronavirus crisis and an economic slump.

(Reporting by Michael Nienaber; editing by Thomas Seythal)