German, Austrian chancellors avoid criticizing each other

The chancellors of Germany and Austria saying they're waiting to see how political developments in their respective neighbors play out before passing judgment.

After meeting with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz in Berlin on Wednesday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters it was too early to comment on her counterpart's decision to form a new coalition government with the nationalist and anti-migrant Freedom Party.

She says "I want to make clear that we'll judge the new government on its actions."

Asked about Merkel's own attempts to form a new coalition government with the center-left Social Democrats, Kurz says he's refraining from "meddling in (German) politics."

But Kurz says Merkel's "one of the most experienced government leaders" around, adding a "stable government in Germany is an advantage for both Austria and Europe."