BREXIT is a "deep wound" in the side of the European Union, warned German Chancellor Angela Merkel as she gave a speech to the EU Parliament in Strasbourg.
Mr Tajani thanked her for taking part in the "very important" debate, adding: "We need to change Europe but would be a big change to destroy Europe."
The German Chancellor said: "The United Kingdom is a country that is soon leaving, this is a deep wound."
She then praised Brussels negotatior Michel Barnier, adidng: "We can all applaud him for the work he has done."
Mrs Merkel warned MEPs that the EU's values are being challenged by populists across the entire Continent.
Appealing for EU unity, she urged countries to work together more closely and ditch their "national egos" for the benefit of the bloc.