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British, German tabloids in brief truce over 'Brexit' fears

Published on Jan 25, 2013 8:35 PM
 
A woman walks past a British bar in downtown Lisbon on Jan 23, 2013. The prospect of a British exit from the European Union appears to have led British tabloid The Sun and its German rival Bild to call a brief truce in their sparring. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - The prospect of a British exit from the European Union appears to have led British tabloid The Sun and its German rival Bild to call a brief truce in their sparring.

Europe's two top-selling newspapers have for years traded largely playful abuse in a bid to keep alive a historic enmity that most of their readers have long since buried.

But Prime Minister David Cameron's pledge to re-negotiate Britain's terms of membership and then hold a referendum on whether Britons want to stay in the EU has led the papers to find reasons for the countries to love each other.

After Bild urged Britain to stay in Europe "because you are so wonderfully crazy" and said it would miss the "quirky" royal family and Mr Bean if Britain left the EU, The Sun today listed 10 reasons to love Germany.

 
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