ROME, MAY 17 - "I believe these are the first European elections" of which citizens really feel the importance, rather than a test for the internal issues of individual countries. "A stronger interest is developing in European policies and institutions. As a European I see it favorably. We hope for good participation. It is a challenge, in past years we went to vote less than the national ones. But Italy has always been very active ". The German ambassador to Italy, Viktor Elbling, said this at the ANSA Forum.