Merkel: Need a strong UK with a strong voice inside the EU

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has told MPs and peers in Westminster that "we need a strong UK with a strong voice inside the European Union." She also said Europe's politicians must be guided by the need for the EU to constantly change and reform.

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Merkel: Benefits immigration 'headache' in Germany too

by - Deputy Political Editor

Angela Merkel has been speaking at a joint press conference with David Cameron in Westminster:

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Merkel: What we are discussing here is "doable" but adds "I am a great champion of freedom of movement"

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Merkel: Is immigration into social security possible? It's just as much a headache for us in Germany as it is in Britain

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Merkel: We need to reform political shape of Europe

by - Political Editor
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We need to reform the political shape of Europe in keeping with the times, she says.

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Talking about freedom of movement, she says 'we need to acknowledge mistakes and tackle them'. But no indication as to what that means.

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Hint of reform on freedom of movement the only carrot I can see for Cameron so far.

Merkel blames Germany for both World Wars

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Very generous speech from Merkel. What would have happened to Europe if the UK had not stood up for freedom, sometimes alone, she says.

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And she notably seems to blame the Germans for the First World War, as well as the second.

Angela Merkel also repeated Winston Churchill's famous quote: "To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often."

Merkel to 'disappoint' Brits wanting sweeping EU reform

German leader Angela Merkel told Westminster Hall that those expecting fundamental reform of Britain's EU membership were "in for bitter disappointment."

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Merkel jokes: People who want me to pave the way for a the UK's fundamental reform are "in for bitter disappointment" Take note Mr Cameron!

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She is addressing expectations. I am caught between the devil and the deep blue sea, she says.

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