BERLIN (Reuters) - German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel on Monday called the rejection of proposals for constitutional reform in a referendum in Italy a "bitter outcome" and warned that political deadlock would benefit populist parties.
"The outcome of the referendum in Italy is bitter for Matteo Renzi and bitter for Italy," Gabriel said in a statement, referring to the country's prime minister who said he would resign.
"Regardless of how the internal political situation in Italy develops: I hope that the pursued path of modernisation continues. Only populists benefit from standstill," Gabriel said.
"Europe needs more economic vitality. This is also in the interest of Germany," he added.
(Reporting by Joseph Nasr; Editing by Caroline Copley)