By: The Associated Press
BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Europe should discuss reviving sanctions against Belarus after its much-criticized presidential election.
Merkel said after meeting Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi Wednesday that they "view developments in Belarus with great concern."
Belarusian authorities cracked down on dissent after Alexander Lukashenko won a fourth term last month. More than 700 people, including seven opposition candidates, were arrested.
The European Union and U.S. in recent years imposed travel bans on senior Belarusian officials and froze some assets. Some European sanctions were suspended with the aim of encouraging Lukashenko to reform.
Merkel said that "we - unfortunately - have to speak again about reviving sanctions."