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Merkel urges Britain to stay in EU but cool on reform

Published on Feb 27, 2014 9:52 PM
 
British Prime Minister David Cameron (left) greets German Chancellor Angela Merkel outside 10 Downing Street in London, on Feb 27, 2014. German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Britain on Thursday to stay in the EU but played down David Cameron's hopes that her visit to London would bring major reforms. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Britain on Thursday to stay in the EU but played down David Cameron's hopes that her visit to London would bring major reforms.

The British premier rolled out the red carpet in his bid to woo fellow conservative Merkel, who gave a speech to both houses of parliament and was due to have tea with the queen.

But Europe's most powerful politician was cool on Cameron's desire to change the EU's treaties ahead of a planned referendum on British membership of the bloc in 2017.

Addressing lawmakers in English after delivering much of the speech in German, Merkel said the EU should have as its common goal to be a "model for other regions of the world".

 
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