Senator condemns German Chancellor candidate after he calls Berlusconi and Grillo ‘clowns’

1. Various of Donato Bruno, senator from People of Freedom party, talking on the phone in his office
2. SOUNDBITE (Italian) Donato Bruno, senator from People of Freedom party:
“Normally a politician doesn’t lower himself to such comments. This wouldn’t be acceptable even if (German opposition leader Peer Steinbrueck) he was attacking someone from his own electoral region, not to mention someone else’s territory”.
3. Close up of senator Bruno taking notes
4. SOUNDBITE (Italian) Donato Bruno, senator from People of Freedom party:
“He (German opposition leader Peer Steinbrueck) completely lacks respect for other countries’ sovereignty, we are talking about two candidates (5 Star Movement leader Beppe Grillo and former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi) who received 30 percent and 25 percent of the Italian vote. I believe they deserve at least as much respect as he does”.
5. Wide of senator Bruno picking up a book from his library
6. Various of Bruno reading
STORYLINE:
The German opposition leader’s comment that “two clowns” won Italy’s election has led the Italian president to cancel a meeting with him.
Peer Steinbrueck is German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s challenger for the top job in Germany’s September election.
In discussing the Italian vote, he said that he was “appalled to a certain point that two clowns won.”
“Normally a politician doesn’t lower himself to such comments. This wouldn’t be acceptable even if he was attacking someone from his own electoral region, not to mention someone else’s territory,” Donato Bruno, senator from the People of Freedom party, told the Associated Press on Wednesday.
Steinbrueck’s remark on Wednesday was an apparent reference to comic-turned-politician Beppe Grillo, whose anti-establishment 5 Star Movement performed strongly, and scandal-scarred former Premier Silvio Berlusconi, whose centre-right coalition did better than expected.
“He (Steinbrueck) completely lacks respect for other countries’ sovereignty, we are talking about two candidates who received respectively 30 percent and 25 percent of the Italian vote”, said Senator Bruno.
“My impression is that two populists won,” he added.
Italian President Giorgio Napolitano is visiting Germany and was due to meet with Steinbrueck, but Steinbrueck spokesman Michael Donnermeyer said Napolitano called off the meeting because of the

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