Merkel says ahead of Cameron talks UK must stay in Europe

BRUSSELS Wed Nov 7, 2012 5:49pm GMT

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (2nd L) addresses political groups at the European Parliament in Brussels November 7, 2012. REUTERS/Eric Vidal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (2nd L) addresses political groups at the European Parliament in Brussels November 7, 2012.

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel told the European Parliament on Wednesday, shortly before she was due to visit Prime Minister David Cameron, that she wanted Britain to remain in the EU.

"I want a strong Great Britain inside the European Union. I cannot imagine a Europe without Britain," she said in reply to a question from a Eurosceptic British lawmaker, who urged her to tell Cameron that Britain should leave the EU.

"I believe you can be very happy on an island, but being alone in this world doesn't make you any happier," she said.

Merkel was scheduled to meet the British leader for a working dinner later on Wednesday to discuss a stand-off over the EU's medium-term budget and German irritation at Britain's growing disengagement with EU integration.

(Reporting by Claire Davenport and Angelika Stricker; Writing by Stephen Brown in Berlin)

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Comments (3)
mgb500 wrote:
Merkel says ahead of Cameron talks UK must stay in Europe

Must??? why???

Old Mrs Merkel seems to forget Germany doesn’t run the EUSSR……ooops my mistake!

Nov 07, 2012 6:11pm GMT  --  Report as abuse
Raymond.Vermont wrote:
Normally ‘Clubs’ have different fees for different membership levels, i.e full price membership, partial membership, trial membership, junior membership and senior citizen membership fees.

Britain qualifies (say 25%) on both partial membership and senior citizen membership discount rates. (Not being a euro customer, should also see another 25% off the fees too!)

The British cheque/bankers draft should therefore read no more than 7.5bn to reflect the real worth of Brussels to the UK, and a considerably repatriation of powers back, with the primacy of the UK Parliament (and her Courts) re-established over predominantly most EU matters.

Nov 07, 2012 6:28pm GMT  --  Report as abuse
Raymond.Vermont wrote:
So East Germany won the Cold War within Europe after all…

Cunning plan that, bring down the Wall to unleash the Merkels (i.e Stockholm sydromed Germans) upon Western Europe!

Nov 07, 2012 6:40pm GMT  --  Report as abuse
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